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Escalating Drug Prices Likely from Secret "Fast Track" Trade Bill

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

Congress could vote this week on a "Fast-Track" trade bill that would dump a double whammy on the many Americans whose health and finances are already hit hard by the high price of prescription drugs.

Senators: Vote NO on Fast Track!

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

Senators should vote this Tuesday to stop the "Fast-Track" bill/Trade Promotion Authority Act (TPA), which would lock in the president's power to negotiate trade deals in secret, consulting with privileged corporate advisors but without input from the public, or Congress.

TPP, Fast Track, Will Drive Consumers to China for Affordable Medicines

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

The TPP and other trade agreements create an economic race to the bottom, creating a nation of Walmart shoppers rather than family wage jobs and an economically and environmentally sustainable future.

Tobacco: Symbol of Corrupt Trade Policy

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Ellen R. Shaffer

The predominant business of agreements like the TPP is actually reducing "technical barriers" to trade -- that is, democratically adopted laws and regulations that protect the public's health, environment, labor standards, and financial transactions.

Stop TPP Protections for Big Tobacco

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

Malaysia's chief negotiator last week proposed the only effective solution: Carve out tobacco control regulations and laws, and also remove tobacco products, from being covered by the TPP.

A 21st Century Trade Deal For Public Health and Jobs

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

You mean you haven't heard about the new 21st century trade agreement being negotiated this week in Chicago? Might be because the federal U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) didn't even announce the 2-week meeting on its website. Or anywhere else.