May 12, 2005
The Bush administration is pushing Congress to pass the US-Central American
The Bush administration is pushing Congress to pass the US-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), arguing the pact is necessary to ensure economic growth, freedom and democracy in Central America. The presidents of the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua were in Washington Wednesday and also encouraged Congressional leaders to ratify the agreement. CAFTA faces stiff resistance from US textile manufacturers and the country's sugar industry.