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Trans Pacific Partnership

The Writing Was on the Wall, We Had to Pass TAA

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge

Let me be clear: I oppose "fast-track" legislation! Congress is empowered by the U.S. Constitution to review trade deals. I do not support ceding our authority to anyone.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Obama Sides With the Wrong People for the Wrong Reasons at the Wrong Time

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

President Obama not only expended his own "political capital" by pushing for fast-track but that of the Democratic Party too. He had a clear choice: either side with workers, environmentalists, consumers, and progressives -- or side with Wall Street, Big Pharma, Wal-Mart, and the Koch Brothers.

Obama Sides With Republican Climate Change Deniers on Trade Deal

Jacob Devaney | Posted 06.25.2015 | Green
Jacob Devaney

If the president truly wants us to #actonclimate, then we should be calling him and our representatives every day and telling them to vote NO on TPP. If TPP is so "progressive", then why is it being kept secret?

The Fight for Fair Trade: How Far We've Come, How Much Further We Will Go

Ilana Solomon | Posted 06.25.2015 | Green
Ilana Solomon

We must continue to build a movement so powerful that it is impossible for governments to allow trade rules to interfere with climate, environmental, and other public interest policies.

Sam Levine

Obama Thanks Congress For Giving Him Fast-Track Trade Authority

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Levine | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama praised members of Congress on Tuesday for granting "fast-track" trade authority, which will allow him to negotia...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Dem Senator: Obama Has Been Pushing Foreign Policy Through Trade All Wrong

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hours after it became clear that President Barack Obama's trade agenda would make it through Congress, a top Democratic voice on foreign...

TPP Is Not the Answer

Chantal Thomas | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Chantal Thomas

The most salient "add-on" feature of the TPP is its investor-state dispute settlement mechanism, which gives investors private rights of action against governments outside the court system. The problem is not so much that it violates rule of law and sovereignty, but that it shrinks the actual and potential role of the public.

Zach Carter

Senate Grants Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority After Contentious Battle

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate made it official on Wednesday, granting President Barack Obama the power to streamline passage of major trade pacts with Paci...

Obama's Strange New Love of Free Trade

Kevin Price | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Kevin Price

Many people who are watching the events unfold about Obama and trade are asking, "who is this guy?" What happened to the senator from Illinois who consistently argued that free trade was often unfair trade for average Americans everywhere.

Wall Street and Big Corporations Got What They Wanted -- This Time

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Fast track is The Money directing Congress to go utterly against what vast majorities of people actively say, what movements of people are fighting for. Is this how business will be done in the 21st century? Maybe, but maybe not. We the People came close to winning this time. We will come closer and closer, then we will start winning again.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Pelosi Stands Down, Supports Passage Of Key Trade Measure

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) waved the white flag on Wednesday, telling her caucus she would support passage of a key m...

Corporate Greed Must End

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

Over the last 40 years, the largest corporations in this country have closed thousands of factories in the United States and outsourced millions of American jobs to low-wage countries overseas. That is why we need a new trade policy and why I am opposed to the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership now before Congress.

Zach Carter

Here Are The Trade Fight's Biggest Winners And Losers

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The bruising battle over President Barack Obama's trade agenda was very likely decided on Tuesday as the Senate advanced a fast-track bi...

Hillary vs. Bernie on Frankenfood

Judy Frankel | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Food is a good reason for Democrats and Republicans to abscond from their "politics as usual" party loyalties and vote for Bernie Sanders, the 38-year Independent running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic primary.

Zach Carter

Senate Gives Obama Huge Win On Trade

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday handed President Barack Obama the biggest legislative victory of his second term, with a dramatic vote clearing th...

Congress Tries To Resurrect Obama's Trade Agenda

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON and DAVID ESPO | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's long-pursued trade agenda took a giant step toward becoming law on Tuesday, and opponents grudgingly conc...

The TPP, Drug Patents, and President Clinton

Dean Baker | Posted 06.22.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

There are many serious issues raised by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but the one that may have the greatest long-term impact is its provisions on drug patents. The explicit purpose is to make patent protection stronger and longer. While these provisions are likely to lead to higher drug prices in the United States, they will have their greatest impact in the developing world. In most developing countries, drugs are far cheaper than in the United States. This is especially the case in India. The country has a world-class generic industry that produces high-quality drugs that typically sell for a small fraction of the price in the United States. The U.S. drug industry desperately wants to eliminate this sort of price gap, which can exceed a ratio of one hundred to one. This should have everyone very worried.

A Bernie Sanders Talking Filibuster Could Help Stop the Fast Track to Greater Inequality

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

It would be very healthy for the Republic right now if Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders would lead a "talking filibuster" of Fast Track.

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

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.22.2015 | 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.

Sorely Needed: New Trade Vision

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

American workers and American manufacturers don't oppose trade. They can compete on a level playing field with anyone in the world. But the current trade regime, swept in without serious analysis on the back of Fast Track authority, has failed to provide a level playing field.

Trade Fight Exposes Turmoil Among House Dems

AP | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' upheaval over trade has exposed turmoil within a House Democratic caucus that's grown smaller and more liberal in recent...

TPA Pivot Is Democracy at Work

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 06.19.2015 | 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.

Rodham Rising

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 06.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Bernie is a great guy, but he is no Steph Curry, and he is no Alison Bechdel. His value, not to be underestimated, is in pressuring the frontrunner by energizing progressives.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Pelosi: No Path Forward On Key Trade Measure

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 06.18.2015 | 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.