Senate Approves Peru Trade Deal – New York Times
But Democratic critics argued that the worker and environmental protections stand little chance of being enforced by the administration and that the Peru deal was another example of free trade policies that they argue have cost three million jobs in the last six years and caused a stagnation of wages for the middle class.
“One of the major reasons that the middle class in the United States is shrinking, poverty is increasing and the gap between the rich and the poor is growing wider is in fact due to our disastrous, unfettered trade policy,” said Senator Bernard Sanders, an independent from Vermont.
While none of the four Democratic senators running for president voted Tuesday, they were divided in their positions on the Peru deal. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois were in favor of it, while Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware and Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut were opposed.