“Clearest indication yet” a TPP vote is coming…
via Citizens Trade Campaign
The newspaper Politico called the move “the clearest indication yet” that the administration is serious about forcing a lame duck vote on the TPP.
Negotiated for years behind closed doors with the aid of hundreds of corporate lobbyists, the TPP would enrich corporate elites while posing huge risks to the economy, environment and public health for almost everyone else.
The key provision in the TPP grants multinational corporations the right to sue the U.S. government before a panel of three corporate lawyers, who can award these corporations unlimited sums to be paid by America’s taxpayers, including for the loss of expected future profits. This threatens a wide range of public interest policies on the environment, food safety, financial regulations and more.
Not only that, the TPP is modeled after past trade agreements that have already cost us millions of good-paying jobs, and would make it even easier for big corporations to ship jobs to repressive countries overseas. It would also lower wages by pitting American workers against highly-exploited workers abroad making less than 65 cents an hour.
Too many policymakers are using the excuse that they don’t think the TPP will come up for a vote this year to avoid taking a position. The White House’s action on Friday shows just how dangerous that thinking is.
The TPP certainly doesn’t have the votes to pass before the election. Knowing this, the corporations pushing this massive corporate power grab are now trying to sneak it through during the brief “lame duck” session of Congress immediately after the election. Unfortunately, Friday’s move shows the White House is going along with their plan.
The best way to stop these shenanigans is to ensure there simply isn’t enough support in Congress for the TPP to be approved — both before and after the election. That’s why we need Congress members to speak out vociferously against this awful deal today. Please take action.
Thank you for support,
Arthur Stamoulis, Executive Director
CITIZENS TRADE CAMPAIGN