Today, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee takes up the Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA. It's CAFTA's big debut, and Oregon is the only state with two members on Senate Finance.
That's right: Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden are both on the key committee dealing with this legislation. Oregonians will play a key role in determining the eventual outcome.
So, here are your questions. Is CAFTA a good deal for Oregon? Will free trade with Central America create jobs, or siphon them away? If it's a bad deal, can it be improved? If it's a good deal, what could derail it?