TPP

We oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

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The TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) is a SECRET trade agreement which has been negotiated for more than 4 years with the Presidents of the U.S. and 11 other countries with “advisers” from 600 multinational corporations.
This trade-deal has been called NAFTA on steroids and threatens to undermine Democracy by giving corporations unprecedented legal power in nearly every area of our lives: food safety and labeling, environmental protections, jobs,
workers’ rights and protections, Internet freedom, prescription drugs and health care.

Congress will reconvene on Dec. 9, and the White House will try to force the TPP through before the end of the year.

On November 11, 2013 151 House Democrats sent a letter to President Obama opposing the fast-track authority and expressing that they were  “deeply troubled by the continued lack of adequate congressional consultation.”

On November 12, 2013 22 Republicans in the House of Representatives, many of them—such as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)—identified with the Tea Party, sent a  Letter announcing their opposition to giving the president Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority, which officially ended in 2007.

There are 18 Illinois members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 8 of whom have signed the letter (all Democrats).

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http://wikileaks.org/tpp/

TPP Exposed: WikiLeaks Publishes Secret Trade Text to Rewrite Copyright Laws, Limit Internet Freedom http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/14/tpp_exposed_wikileaks_publishes_secret_tradeTroubles for trade: Obama’s fast-track plans face resistance

http://www.kansascity.com/2014/01/10/4741273/troubles-for-trade-obamas-fast.html

Congress is considering whether to allow Obama to finish two massive trade deals

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/01/09/congress-is-considering-whether-to-allow-obama-to-finish-two-massive-trade-deals/

Trade Expert: Why TPP — “NAFTA on Steroids” — Must Be Stopped After this post was published, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation that would grant the White House “fast-track” trade authority. Details can be found here.

You can read Public Citizens report, “NAFTA at 20,” here.

http://billmoyers.com/2014/01/09/fool-me-once-20-years-of-nafta-show-why-the-trans-pacific-partnership-must-be-stopped/

Obama Lame Duck Watch: House Democrats Stymieing Trade Deal “Fast Track;” Silicon Valley Surveillance Payoff Language Published

http://jowebereconomist.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/obama-lame-duck-watch-house-democrats-stymieing-trade-deal-fast-track-silicon-valley-surveillance-payoff-language-published/

Bill Moyers on why the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement is death for democracy

http://americablog.com/2013/11/bill-moyers-trans-pacific-partnership-free-trade-agreement-death-democracy.html

Why House Democrats Might Kill Obama’s Big Trade Deal 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/11/fast-track-trade-democrats_n_4580720.html