Sanders faults administration statements on Costa Rica

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is objecting to statements from the Bush administration about consequences for Costa Rica if its voters reject the Central American Free Trade Agreement. Voters in Costa Rica approved the CAFTA agreement yesterday.

The administration had warned ahead of a vote yesterday in the Central American country that Costa Rica might lose current favorable trade status with the United States if its voters reject CAFTA.

Sanders and two of his Senate colleagues wrote to President Bush to call those statements nonsense.

They said any reduction in current trade benefits for Costa Rica would have to be approved by Congress, and that the Democratic leadership in Congress has shown no interest in doing that.

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