Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Trans-Pacific Partnership - They're at it again

They're at it again. Unelected bureaucrats, meeting behind closed doors, made decisions that will cost tens of thousands of good jobs.

It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We still don’t know what’s in it, but we know who wrote it: corporate lobbyists and representatives of countries that include repressive regimes with no concern for labor or environmental standards.

We should have learned our lesson by now. Bad trade agreements create a race to the bottom which benefits only the multinationals. It lets them export jobs, undermine environmental standards and restrict internet freedom​.

Now they want ​"​fast-track​" ​ rules on a secretly negotiated treaty. Fast track means Congress skips the amendment process and skips to vote all before they even know what is in the treaty.

The corporate lobbyists don’t want the public to have the chance to see what’s in this deal -- and they don’t want Congress to change what they are trying to foist on America.

As Sen. Elizabeth Warren said, "they have to be secret because if the American people knew what was going on, they would be opposed."

American jobs and strong environmental protections are too important to rush through another bad trade agreement.