Saturday February 1, 2014, 9:23 am
We're about to stop "fast-track" approval for the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership.
After you and thousands of fellow progressives came together to apply pressure, this past week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stepped up, telling reporters he flatly opposes fast-track. Senator Reid advised his congressional colleagues not to try to pass it.
Reid's stance is a huge boost to the work we've been doing, but it doesn't seal the deal.
The corporate interests fighting to pass this deal are looking to the House of Representatives so they can go around Reid. They're trying to build momentum by getting a few Democrats to join the Republican majority. We need House Democratic leadership to follow Harry Reid's lead right away. Nancy Pelosi has remained silent on the issue, but it's now time for her to speak out and take the lead for House Democrats.
Cut off the last hope for a bipartisan sponsor of fast-track approval for the awful TPP trade deal. Join progressives signing the petition from our allies at CREDO.
So far, not a single Democrat in the House has been willing to co-sponsor the fast-track bill, not even Wisconsin corporate Democrat Ron Kind.
They know the TPP would ship more jobs overseas, stomp on net neutrality, make prescription drugs more expensive -- and cross a whole lot of progressives who are ready to fight back.
Unfortunately, the White House desperately wants this to pass. And they've been trying to entice corporate Democrats like Representative Kind to co-sponsor it.
So far, the pressure we've applied to House Democrats has worked, and Senator Reid's announcement was a big help. But we have a chance now to close the door all the way on a bipartisan sponsor if Leader Pelosi voices her opposition to fast-track approval right now.
Sign the petition from CREDO today. If Minority Leader Pelosi speaks out against fast-track approval for TPP, it will send a strong message to fellow Democrats.
Fast-track authority is absolutely the wrong way for Congress to examine such a profound trade deal. It would mean no substantial hearings, limited debate, and absolutely no amendments. It's wrong -- and together, we're about to stop it.
NAFTA is in large part the reason for our (USA) loss of manufacturing jobs. Most of us haven't more than a clue a tiny clue about the full text of TPP, that in it's self should be a point of concern.
I signed and shared the petition and about half a dozen others, like the Keystone XL Pipeline, TPP can be coated with sugar but it's still a bitter pill and quite possibly a toxic pill. We needs jobs here, and though trade can be good for any economy when the jobs leave here, they have not come back home.
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