Last week, fast track authority for the TPP was introduced. Fast track limits legislative review and debate, requiring Congress to vote the deal up or down without amendments. Once approved, the TPP would actually require changes in local law where it conflicts with the terms of the agreement.
In twenty years NAFTA has cost American workers 700,000 jobs. How many jobs are we going to lose with the Trans-Pacific Partnership? The public deserves the necessary time to debate and fully understand the ramifications of this massive trade deal.
Since 2010, negotiations have been taking place for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a huge, NAFTA-style deal involving the United States and the governments of Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. Negotiations are being conducted in secret, with little opportunity for citizens to see what is being proposed and agreed to. Everything from labor standards, food safety, environmental standards and human rights will be rolled back and dismantled if the TPP passes.
While the public has been shut out of negotiations, recent WikiLeaks disclosures suggest corporate lobbyists have been given free access and are in fact assisting the U.S. Trade Representative in the TPP drafting process. Details of what’s being negotiated in our names are hard to come by, but critics have suggested that TPP goes far beyond tariff reduction and trade promotion, giving unprecedented power to corporations and undercutting citizens’ ability to enact and preserve consumer, labor, and environmental protections.
We need full public disclosure and time to debate this bill. Click here to contact your representative in opposition of TPP fast track today.