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Trans Pacific Partnership

Friday Talking Points -- Chasing The Scooby Van

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Strange but true, the "Scooby van" is now part of our political lexicon. Hillary Clinton herself is apparently to blame for this one, as this was the playful name she came up with for the van she used to get from New York to Iowa this week.

The Follies of Fast Track

Scott Paul | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

Many of our manufacturers are already facing unfair trade practices that are costing jobs. And so far there is nothing in the fast-track bill or TPP to give them any hope that the scenario would change.

Michael McAuliff

Democrat Vows To Scuttle Obama's Fast-Track Trade Authority | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just before President Barack Obama pleaded with members of his party on Friday to support a bill to "fast track" his proposed trade agre...

Congress Is Facing Its Last Call to Stand Up for Fair Trade

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.16.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

When we have complicated trade agreements that could put thousands of U.S. workers on the unemployment line and hamper this nation's economy, shouldn't our elected officials have a chance to review and make changes to them? After all, lawmakers have certainly spent significant time considering more frivolous matters in recent years.

Cutting Through the Noisy TPP Debate

East-West Center | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
East-West Center

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, negotiations are in their final phase and the policy debate is in full swing. Unfortunately, it's shaping up as a debate about trees, not forests; it ignores the central goal of the TPP: to renew the Asia-Pacific trading system and firm up America's role in it.

U.S. Lawmakers Closer On Fast Track Trade Deal Key To Asia Pact

Reuters | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

(Adds new quotes, details on potential vote) By Krista Hughes WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers are close ...

What Will We Tell the Children About Fast Track?

Diann Woodard | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Diann Woodard

Once again, the American public is being sold a bill of goods when it comes to trade and its impact on our economy.

Fast Track to Lost Jobs and Lower Wages

Robert E. Scott | Posted 04.13.2015 | Business
Robert E. Scott

The president can continue the fight for fast-track and the TPP, raising corporate profits while putting good manufacturing jobs and wages at risk. Or he can take action to create jobs and reduce inequality. He can't do both.

Me and the TPP

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.08.2015 | Business
Jared Bernstein

If the TPP is really a good deal for the US, and since I haven't read it I can't say, then based on the first bullet above, I understand, conditional on greater effort than I believe has been expended thus far, that a currency chapter could kill the deal.

As Fast Track/TPP Becomes New Third Rail, Where Is Clinton?

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

With progressive voice Sen. Elizabeth Warren helping lead the fast track/TPP opposition, and possible candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley joining in opposition, it's time for Hillary Clinton to tell people where she stands on fast track and TPP. Will she join with working people and the 99 percent, or will she bend to the D.C./Wall Street crowd?

Zach Carter

White House Says Enviros Love This Trade Pact, But Enviros Say Otherwise | Zach Carter | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has angered a host of environmentalist organizations with an Internet campaign that suggests green groups broad...

Bad Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.10.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Sucker punched by massive, illegally subsidized imports, American steel producers laid off thousands of workers in bedrock communities from Ohio and Illinois to Texas and Alabama. That's in just the past three months.

Now We Know Why Huge TPP Trade Deal Is Kept Secret From the Public

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

A key section of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been leaked to the public. The New York Times has a major story on the contents of the leaked chapter, and it's as bad as many of us feared. Now we know why the corporations and the Obama administration want the TPP kept secret from the public until it's too late to stop it.

The Strong Dollar, Its Impact on Growth, and the TPP

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.27.2015 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The current dollar episode is a reminder that currency values matter and while manipulation is not in play this time, it could be so again in the future. If the TPP is as important as its advocates say it is, I can think of no better time and place to take preventive action against those who manage their currencies to our disadvantage.

TPP Investor Language Will Leave Taxpayers on the Hook

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.26.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Based on one TPP chapter alone, the average worker is going to get screwed. The provisions will give corporations the ability to do an end-around on U.S. laws they don't like. How is that fair? What about the rights of the American people? What about democracy?

DOCUMENT: Obama's Trade Deal Hands Powerful Legal Weapon To Foreign Corporations

The New York Times | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON — An ambitious 12-nation trade accord pushed by President Obama would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government for ...

Zach Carter

What's Going On In Obama's Trade Meeting With Democrats? That's Classified. | Zach Carter | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Obama administration gives House Democrats a hard sell on a major controversial trade pact this week, it will be doing so under s...

Julia Craven

Economists Lobbying Congress For Trade Deal Could Benefit From Its Passage | Julia Craven | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

Last week, 14 former chairs of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers penned a letter to congressional leaders in support of a controversial m...

Senator Charles E. Schumer Weighs in On the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement to a Constituent

Pearl Korn | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics
Pearl Korn

I wrote to my senator, Chuck Schumer (D-New York), about a critical issue and actually received a response. In my letter I had registered particular concern about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and plans to "fast track" its implementation, two of several issues on which I wanted his input.

Dana Liebelson

Here's The Digital Privacy Battle At The Center Of Obama's Big Trade Deal | Dana Liebelson | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

Open Internet advocates are still fighting for key privacy protections in a major trade pact the Obama administration is negotiating with 11 Pacific n...

A Pro-TPP Campaign Built on Four Pinocchios

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.12.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

A newly launched public-relations campaign in support of trade-promotion authority, aka "fast track," and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) calls itself the Progressive Coalition for American Jobs. At its foundation is a set of misleading (at best) claims that begin with a four-Pinocchio whopper.

Polls Show Americans Oppose Our Trade Policy but Like Trade

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Lori Wallach

Americans support trade in general but oppose the NAFTA model of trade that has offshored U.S. jobs, spurred massive deficits, stagnated middle-class wages and contributed to unprecedented levels of U.S. income inequality.

How Our 'Free Trade' Policies Kill Jobs

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

The ongoing trade deficit has transferred trillions of dollars out of our economy. It has cost us millions of jobs, tens of thousands of factories and entire industries. As it continues, it is costing us our ability to make a living as a country -- except for our financial sector. This has made a very few people unimaginably wealthy, but it has made the rest of us, and the country, poorer.

Secret Treaties: Why I'm Against the TPP

Vincent Gentile | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Vincent Gentile

If a bunch of countries are getting to together to make game-changing decisions about jobs, workers' rights and environmental standards, shouldn't the people have a say? Shouldn't we at least be aware of what's being discussed before a decision is made?

A Fast Track to Disaster

Michael Brune | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

Multinational corporations -- including some of the planet's biggest polluters -- could use the Trans-Pacific Partnership to sue governments, in private trade tribunals, over laws and policies that they claimed would reduce their profits. The implications are that corporate profits are more important than protections for air and water, climate stability, workers' rights, and more.