Democrats outlined their concerns regarding labor issues in Oman back in November 2005. In the months since, we have maintained a clear, consistent position requiring that Oman's labor laws comply with the most basic International Labor Organization (ILO) standards. We have asked no more and can accept no less than this - a standard we achieved through negotiation on the Bahrain Free Trade Agreement.

Oman is a good friend and ally of the United States, and for that reason Democratic members and staff have spent countless hours negotiating toward agreement. Despite our clear, consistent position and request, Oman has not changed its practices nor has it formally changed its labor laws. We appreciate the efforts that have been made by the Omani government, but unfortunately, it is the view of the Democratic minority that they have not achieved the basic minimum labor standards outlined by the ILO.