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Trans Pacific Partnership

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 | 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.

Michael McAuliff

House Passes Fast-Track Trade Do-Over | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The GOP-led House of Representatives started over on trade Thursday, passing a fresh bill to give President Barack Obama sweeping powers...

Asia: On the Rocks

John Feffer | Posted 06.18.2015 | 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...

Trade Policy

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


House Democrats Take the Moral High Ground on Trade

Mary Bottari | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

While Obama appealed to party loyalty, many Democrats, who have watched factory after factory leave the United States with no replacements in sight, seized the moral high ground. They took a stand against the secret trade-negotiating process that puts all the power in the hands of powerful industry lobbyists, shutting out U.S. workers and their representatives in Congress.

Fast-Track Derails Democracy

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.15.2015 | 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.

Congress Should Reject Trade Promotion Agreement

Marick Masters | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Marick Masters

American people deserve an open debate on the objectives of any forthcoming trade agreement in the context of restoring balance to the nation's deteriorating economy, which is imperiling national security.

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 06.15.2015 | 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 Derailed

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

Fast Track Derailed

Fast Track Down

Lori Wallach | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Lori Wallach

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

The Real Meaning Of Obama's Trade Defeat

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It's about time that the Democratic rank and file rebelled against the corporate domination of the Democratic presidential party. Last week's events should ring down the curtain on the era of "trade" deals like NAFTA and TPP.

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Nearly Dead

Robert Reich | Posted 06.14.2015 | 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.

TPP Panic: Playing the China Card

Jeff Faux | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Jeff Faux

Stung by the sudden derailment in the House of Representatives of the rush to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership, the Washington establishment has wasted no time in warning us of the menace of a rising China, should the trade deal not be put back on track next week.

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...