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On TPP, Congress's Cat Burglars Are Pulling a Fast One

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

It's hardly a surprise that Republican congressional leaders and their cadre of Democratic allies spurred on by Barack Obama are resorting to a bagful of parliamentary tricks to put the Trans-Pacific Partnership on a "take it or leave it but you can't change it" fast-track to enactment by Tuesday.

Trade and Sovereignty

David Morris | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
David Morris

If the TPP's enforcement mechanisms were as toothless as those of labor side agreements or the ILO Declaration there would be no need for fast track. If the labor side agreements or the ILO Declaration had enforcement mechanisms as vigorous as those of the TPP I daresay the vote on fast track would be lopsidedly against.

Why the TPP Is Worse Than Mystery Meat

Paul Loeb | Posted 06.19.2016 | Politics
Paul Loeb

If TPP passes the Senate, other attempts to regulate commerce for the common good will be potentially gutted as well, from attempts at financial regulation to limits on the prices charged for drugs, to environmental rules and seemingly innocuous actions like requiring accurate labeling.

Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2016 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

TPA Pivot Is Democracy at Work

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 06.19.2016 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

Obama and Congressional Republicans have few areas of agreement. Opponents of their shared trade agenda seek to make that list shorter. Anti-trade advocates should question whether they are either blinded by an idealized partisanship that can only lead to paralysis, or captured by special interests at odds with the general welfare.

Michael McAuliff

McConnell Tries 'Trust Me' Strategy To Pass Obama Trade Bills | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) moved Thursday evening to secure passage of President Barack Obama's trade agenda, employ...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Pelosi: No Path Forward On Key Trade Measure | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) provided a grim outlook on Thursday about the future of legislation funding a worker aid p...

What Is the Trans Pacific Partnership?

Judy Frankel | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

All we really need to know is that passing H.R. 1314 essentially puts the omnibus, 29-chapter Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement onto the fast track, where Congress members don't get a chance to deliberate or discuss it on the floor of the House.

Asia: On the Rocks

John Feffer | Posted 06.18.2016 | World
John Feffer

The U.S. inability to help resolve the myriad island disputes in Asia and its failure to overcome domestic resistance to the TPP suggest that a time will come quite soon when America no longer rules the waves in the Pacific (or has the hegemonic power to waive the rules).

Zach Carter

Democrats Throw A Wrench Into Republicans' Trade Strategy | Zach Carter | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Key Democratic lawmakers, led by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), sent a letter on Wednesday to Senate leaders saying they do not support a n...

Ryan Grim

Path Forward For Obama And Boehner's Trade Agenda Is A Game Theory Jumble | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The path ahead for President Barack Obama's battered trade agenda is coming into focus. Here’s how it is likely to unfold, according t...

Laura Barron-Lopez

House GOP Eyes Clean Fast-Track Trade Bill Without TAA Funding | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Days after the House dealt a setback to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda, GOP leadership is considering plowing ahead with stand-...

Treaties, Trade and Government By the People

David Morris | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
David Morris

Representative Ryan is correct that Congress is not voting on TPP. But he's wrong that if fast track fails Congress will be unable to "even consider a trade agreement." Of course it can.

Republicans Rally to Give Obama Full Support on Trade Powers

Robert Hardaway | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Robert Hardaway

While Republicans have not been bashful about opposing Obama when they believe he has over-stepped his constitutional authority, they have supported him fully when it comes to giving him full powers to negotiate on matters important to the American economy and the preservation of American jobs.

Earth to Washington: Failed Trade Deal Is Blow to Small Business

Brayden McCarthy | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Brayden McCarthy

President Obama lost big on a trade deal last week, as House Democrats thwarted his hopes for expanded negotiating authority, putting the White House's ability to fast-track trade deals in jeopardy, and potentially imperiling some landmark trade negotiations that are underway.

Rich People's Rules and the TPP

Dean Baker | Posted 06.15.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

A victory by the masses, or "everyday people," over big money and big media is always grounds for celebration. But it is important to remember the game is far from over. This is one of those bills, like the TARP, where we are playing by rich people's rules.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Road Ahead For Obama's Trade Agenda Remains Uncertain In House | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After his own party dealt him a stunning defeat last week, President Barack Obama may find little consolation returning to work Monday a...

Fast-Track Derails Democracy

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

The issue before us is not "free trade," which, like any policy, has its pluses and minuses. The issue is that a multilateral trade agreement should not be negotiated in secret, but in the open by our State and Commerce departments, with input from all organizations concerned.

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Explains Obama's Trade Troubles | Zach Carter | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats dealt a blow to President Barack Obama's trade agenda on Friday, voting down a bill that would have cleared the way for ...

Lies, Damnable Lies and Trade Lies

Pat Choate | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Pat Choate

On Friday, the House of Representatives held an extensive debate on whether Congress should adopt fast track rules for ratifying the Trans Pacific Partnership. What ensued was a jumbled debate in which advocates for fast tracking the TPP entered into a world of fantasy economics and delusional politics.

Fast Track Down

Lori Wallach | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Lori Wallach

To understand what comes next, it's worth unpacking what exactly happened on Friday and how we got there.

Why Our Trade Deal Disasters March On

Greg Autry | Posted 06.14.2016 | Business
Greg Autry

America at a trade meeting is like some backwoods buyer walking onto a used car lot full of smarmy salesmen with his checkbook out while loudly shouting, "I'm not leaving here without a car!"

The TPP and the Future of the U.S. Economy

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.14.2016 | Business
Hoyt Hilsman

There is absolutely no doubt that this country faces serious issues of income inequality. But killing a trade deal when it offers at least the hope of a better future for the American economy is not the way to fix those pressing problems.

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Nearly Dead

Robert Reich | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Robert Reich

The Trans-Pacific Partnership may yet squeak through Congress but its near-death experience offers an important lesson. It's not that labor unions have regained political power or that the president is especially weak. The biggest lesson is most Americans no longer support free trade.

Surprise! Hillary Clinton's Big Campaign Speech Didn't Mention The Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics

Hillary Clinton paid lip service to just about every issue dear to progressive voters in her presidential campaign kickoff on Saturday, from paid sick...