Months ago, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), also known as NAFTA on steroids, looked like a done deal. Now it looks stopable.
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To the Speaker of the House, Democratic Party Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Democratic Party Leader Harry Reid,
We are writing to urge the Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This agreement would destroy jobs, degrade the environment, undermine the Internet and weaken U.S. democracy and sovereignty.
Research and the history of trade agreements since NAFTA show that these types of trade agreements produce trade deficits, lost jobs, lower wages, and environmental damage.
We’ve stopped them before. Click here to help stop this one.
The TPP’s scope is too broad. It usurps the legislative authority of Congress by writing rules concerning safety and labeling of foods, access to healthcare and medicine, regulation of banks, rights or workers, future energy sources and so much more. Essentially, its scope is everything.
These are issues that should be considered by Congress not written in secret by trade negotiators. In our representative democracy these types of issues should be publicly debated, hearings should be held and people should express their views before a law is passed.
In addition to undermining the legislative authority, the TPP weakens federal courts by expanding Trade Tribunals through investor state dispute settlement rules. The experience of the TPP indicates that Congress needs to reconsider how trade agreements are developed: trade should put the needs of people and protection of the planet before profits; and trade needs to be negotiated with transparency and participation of the people.
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> Economic Policy Institute: What’s Wrong with the TPP? This deal would lead to more job loss and downward pressures on the wages of most working Americans
> Jim Hightower: TransPacific Partnership – Corporate Coup d’Etat Against Us
> Alliance for Democracy: Why People Oppose the TPP, TTIP and TiSA
> Joan Brunwasser: TPP Fight is Not Over
> Flush the TPP: Call to Action Against Global Corporate Domination
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