Stop The Trans Pacific Partnership
The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement is a trade deal will that govern 40 percent of U.S. imports and exports as well as affect copyrights, pharmaceuticals and more. The trade deal talks are being conducted in secret, and only a few portions of the agreement and memos about it have been secretly leaked to the public. The secrecy extends even to Senate and House members. In order to view what’s in the TPP document they would have to make a special appointment, with no staff present, not take notes and then not talk about what they saw.
The TPP is being negotiated between the U.S., Canada and about 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region including Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. The TPP has been under negotiation for nearly a decade, but is only now coming close to being voted on by Congress.
President Obama supports this secrecy! The secrecy about TPP is allowed because under presidential authority such agreements that are said to possibly affect national security can be made classified. This doesn’t sound like the Obama that campaigned for the presidency.
Furthermore Lawmakers in Congress are just about to introduce a bill to hand over their own constitutional authority to debate and modify trade law. It’s called Fast Track, or Trade Promotion Authority. It creates special rules that empower the White House to negotiate and sign trade agreements without Congressional oversight. Lawmakers won’t be able to analyze and change their provisions, and have only 90 days for an up or down, Yes or No vote to ratify the entire treaty. That means Internet and copyright provisions, buried in omnibus treaties, will get almost no oversight.
What happened to the Obama from the campaign trail who promised to fight for transparency in government, workers rights, you and me?
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Cheers Mr. President !
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