TPP Sidetracked?


While a major media news blackout provides cover, Congress is debating whether to give the president the authority to fast-track a massive free trade agreement, the secretly-negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Members of Congress haven’t even been able to read it even though corporate lobbyists have.

President Obama is at odds with Democrats in both houses of Congress concerning reauthorizing a procedure called the “trade promotion authority” (TPA), that would grant the White House power to submit free trade deals to Congress for an up-or-down vote without amendments. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is strongly against it.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has now publicly opposed giving President Obama fast track authority.

“We need transparency. We need a seat at the table to understand what they believe they are doing, so we can make it better. And if we don’t make it better, then we will not accept a path that is a job loser.”

TPP is part of the plan for global corporatocracy run by and for the 1 Percent. Unelected lobbyists and trade representatives are at the table, while representatives from the public at large and businesses other than huge monopolies, are conspicuously absent. From what little we know of the agreement, it would violate the U.S. Constitution, weaken environmental protections, and lead to more job losses, erosion of wages, and worsening inequality. TPP also threatens freedom of speech on the Internet because it would extend restrictive intellectual property laws and rewrite international rules on enforcement.

  1. #1 by Ken on February 13, 2014 - 4:53 pm

    This one I am completely with you guys. TPP and Fast Track must be defeated.

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on February 13, 2014 - 8:00 pm

    This trade agreement is great for corporations – bad for people in every country. Our media is shamless and our congress is worthless for not raising Cain.

    I still love Rocky’s take on this. He was active in the protests here in Salt Lake when the Grand America Hotel hosted negotiations:

  3. #3 by brewski on February 14, 2014 - 12:04 pm

    You can give fast track authority and still vote against the TPP agreement.

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