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Recently, we heard that five members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation committed to stand with working families and vote no on pending fast track trade authority legislation ("Give Obama 'fast track' authority," April 17). The decision by Reps. Elijah Cummings, Donna Edwards, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Chris Van Hollen to vote against this undemocratic and unaccountable fast track legislation is laudable. Maryland has already lost nearly 75,000 jobs to bad trade deals such as NAFTA and Japan's and China's currency manipulation. It is clear that Maryland cannot afford more of the same trade and fast track policy.

So my question is, why haven't Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin and Reps. Steny Hoyer, Andy Harris and John Delaney taken a stand and committed to vote no on fast track? They should come out strongly against bad trade policy that only hurts Maryland's working families.

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Fred Mason, Annapolis

The writer is president of the Maryland AFL-CIO.

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