No Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement -- a trade deal being negotiated between the US and dozens of other countries -- is designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the expense of our democracy, economy, and climate.
It will also negatively impact some of the poorest people in the world.
The TPP has been written behind closed doors by the corporate world. Incredibly, while Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry and major media companies have full knowledge as to what is in this treaty, the American people do not. They have been locked out of the process. Further, all Americans, regardless of political ideology, should be opposed to the “fast track” process which would deny Congress the right to amend the treaty and represent their constituents’ interests.
The TPP follows in the footsteps of other unfettered free trade agreements like NAFTA, CAFTA and the Permanent Normalized Trade Agreement with China (PNTR). These treaties have forced American workers to compete against desperate and low-wage labor around the world. The result has been massive job losses in the United States and the shutting down of tens of thousands of factories. These corporately backed trade agreements have significantly contributed to the race to the bottom, the collapse of the American middle class and increased wealth and income inequality. The TPP is more of the same - and worse-- the TPP would give foreign fossil fuel corporations the right to sue city, state and national governments if climate action hurts their profits.
Legislation that would allow the TPP to pass, called Fast Track, faces a close vote in Congress -- but if enough Members of Congress come out against this plan in the next few weeks, it stops it in its tracks. Please join Senator Bernie Sanders, Representative Rosa DeLauro, and Representative George Miller in the fight against the TPP!