Charlotte Business-Journal: "Guatemala has implemented the Central American Free Trade Agreement, leaving Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic as the only two signatories that haven't put the agreement into effect.
CAFTA is designed to reduce trade barriers between the United States and five Central American countries and the Dominican Republic. The agreement will reduce or eliminate duties on goods shipped between the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
The only House members from North Carolina to vote in favor of CAFTA were Rep. Sue Myrick (R-9th) and Rep. Robin Hayes (R-8th). Hayes' vote was considered crucial, because he had opposed the agreement for weeks prior to the House vote.
Another House member from the Charlotte region, Rep. Charles Taylor (R-11th) did not vote.
North Carolina's Republican leadership did nothing to stop this trade bill. Congressman Charles Taylor wimped out then lied. Robyn Hayes lied then wimped out. Both are fitting prom dates for Sue Myrick, who stood up and proclaimed she would vote to sell North Carolina industry down the road.