Say NO to the Largest, Pro-Corporate Trade Deal Ever
Today, U.S. Trade Representatives finalized the text for the largest trade deal in history — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The deal has been negotiated by hundreds of “advisers” from some of the world’s most powerful corporations while the public has been shut out.
The TPP could cost us good paying jobs, increase fracking and unsafe food imports, and undermine democracy by giving corporations even more power.
Now it’s up to Congress to pass or reject the TPP. Tell your members of Congress: Vote NO on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
The TPP is being called NAFTA on steroids and has been negotiated in secret since 2008 among some of the world’s most powerful corporations.
Pro-big business trade deals like the TPP are designed to boost the profits of multinational corporations, but they do so at the expense of working families, our environment and our democratic rights.
Leaked documents have revealed just how terrible this trade deal is, including a key provision that would allow foreign companies to sue the federal government over democratically enacted laws that they claim hurt their profits.¹ That means that if the TPP goes through, local initiatives like GMO labeling laws and fracking bans could be challenged in international trade courts.
Lobbyists for corporate interests and the elite in Washington are pushing hard to pass the TPP as soon as possible. There’s a lot wrong with our current political system, but we’ve reached a new low if we allow corporate special interests to write our laws.
Take action to oppose the TPP and protect everyone’s right to safe food and clean water.
Now that the U.S. Trade Representatives have finalized the deal, the TPP will be sent to Congress. Once the clock starts ticking, we have about four-and-a-half months to stop this deal.² This puts the final vote on the TPP smack in the middle of the presidential primaries. Traditionally, the Republican establishment has pushed trade deals favored by their corporate backers, but infighting within the Republican Party has put the votes to pass the TPP into question.
We still have a chance to stop this bad deal. Take action to reject the TPP.
It is long past time for Congress to stand up for workers, the environment and public health and to reject these corporate trade deals.
Thanks for all you do,
1. Leaked Documents Underscore How TPP Will Provide Special Rights for Corporations, Patrick Woodall, Food & Water Watch blog, March 27, 2015.