“TPP” “TPA” “Fast Track” Confused? Read This!

On Friday, there will likely be a vote on fast-tracking President Obama’s most progressive trade deal(s) in history. Here is why the House should vote no on granting the president what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called “an enormous grant of power.” Make sure to read the ENTIRE article!

Closing arguments against fast-track

By Rick Manning


1. Obama is a terrible negotiator, so he needs full oversight. Remember the Iranian nuclear deal, the China climate deal, the Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl release deal? These are just three examples that prove a simple fact: Obama is not a very good negotiator when it comes to representing U.S. interests. Fast-track trade authority denies Congress the capacity to amend Obama’s vision for the world’s economy while virtually assuring passage through the lower vote threshold.

2. The already-negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) creates a new international structure that supercedes U.S. law. Here is what Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) wrote:

When the Senate voted on fast-track, many Senators were unaware that they were voting to authorize the President to form a new transnational governance structure. The Trans-Pacific Partnership resembles a treaty more than a trade deal. And like a treaty, it confers the power to both compel and restrict changes to U.S. policy, to commit the U.S. to new international obligations, and to cede sovereign authority to a foreign body. Specifically, TPP calls for the formation of a permanent political and economic union known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission, which will have the power to issue regulations impacting not only trade but immigration, the environment, labor, and commerce. This global union would be able to add new member countries and, because TPP is a “living agreement,” it will be able to change the agreement after its ratification.

This makes what may be benign-looking sections on climate change and other items only placeholders to be filled after ratification.

3. Fast-track language creating objectives for any treaty are only suggestions which can be ignored by the president.


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