Some Republicans rushing to pass Obama’s secret trade deal
TPP is a 29 part bill that the American public is not allowed to see. The secretive nature of the bill is an outright betrayal of the American public.
Thanks to Wikileaks, we know a few details. The bill would place corporations in charge of writing US trade policies with the Orient. It would also allow corporations to bring in more low wage coolie labor from Asia to replace American workers. It would dramatically reduce the power of the US Congress to regulate international trade. All the power would be held by the executive branch.
TPP would circumvent Article I, Section 8, Paragraph 1 of the United States Constitution. Congress would no longer have the power to regulate international trade. Obama, or whoever is president in the future, would have a near dictatorship over international trade policy.
The White House and Paul Ryan claimed there were no immigration provisions in the bill. This was proven false by Wikileaks.
Three Establishment Republican Neo-Con leaders in the House have all publicly admitted they haven’t read the bill, even though they are endorsing the bill. Mimi Walters, Steve Scalise, and Pete Sessions have all confessed that they haven’t read the bill, even though they are pushing it.
However, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers is trying to make it illegal for Congress to pass secret bills. The move would thwart the TPP corporate take-over of US trade and immigration policy.
The resolution, titled the Trade Review Accountability Needs Sunlight and Preview of Any Regulations and Exact Negotiated Components, was introduced by Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio).
In a statement, Kaptur criticized fast-track, also known as trade promotion authority (TPA), which would grant President Obama the power to send trade deals to Congress for up-or-down votes. Congress could also not amend trade deals submitted under fast-track.
“Today it has become more of a blank check for the executive and turned Congress into little more than a rubber stamp,” Kaptur said. “This legislation calls for an end to this dangerous and irresponsible approach and replaces it with sunlight in the form of public access and accountability.”
The House is expected to vote on fast-track as early as Thursday, and opponents have argued that the administration is not providing enough transparency on the deals it is negotiating.
Members of Congress have only been allowed to review text of the emerging Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal in a classified setting.
“We can all agree that these trade agreements will have a significant economic impact,” Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) added. “Given that fact, before Congress takes a vote on TPA, or any other trade measure, the American people deserve to see what these agreements contain.”
Fifteen other lawmakers have co-sponsored the resolution, including Reps. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), Mark Takai (D-Hawaii), Richard Nolan (D-Minn.), Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), David McKinley (R-W.Va.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Scott Perry (R-Pa.) and Steve Russell (R-Okla.).