Oppose Fast Track / Trans-Pacific Partnership

Tell your Representative to oppose H.R. 3830 "the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014," legislation to grant "Fast Track" authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP has been negotiated by corporate insiders with the media, the public, and even members of Congress on the outside. Sources including U.S. Trade officials tell us the TPP will have serious negative impact on millions of people. Good deals pass without the need for "Fast Track." The TPP is not a good deal, but we can stop the TPP if we can persuade Congress to oppose "fast track" authority. Please act now using the talking points provided but use your own words. Repetitive calls and emails are ignored. Also, share this link with your contacts. Congress needs to hear from us before it's too late!

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    Vote against H.R. 3830 "the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014," legislation to grant "fast track" for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Speak out and vote against the TPP whenever it comes up for debate or a vote to protect consumer safety, labor rights, and the environment against the TPP that would:

    •     Send millions of American jobs overseas,
    •     Remove accountability from corporate abusers,
    •     Ban efforts to save jobs such as the "Buy America" campaign,
    •     Block green job creation and other needed economic development,
    •     Overrule local, state and federal laws and regulations, and
    •     Strip away consumer, labor, and environmental protections.

    Background information on "Fast Track":

    Our friends at Public Citizen explain: "Some in Washington are preparing to steamroll Congress and revive an arcane procedure Richard Nixon cooked up to grab Congress’ trade authority and hand it over to unaccountable trade negotiators who want to push the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through.

    "Fast Track trade authority is the way that the public and Congress got steamrollered by trade agreements like NAFTA and the WTO. In fact, since Nixon cooked it up, this procedure has only ever been used 16 times among over 500 trade agreements. Good trade agreements don’t need to be Fast Tracked. Only the most damaging ones require this extreme procedure—the deals that left millions of families slammed by job offshoring, floods of imported tainted meat, and rising medicine prices.

    "Now, as public and congressional opposition to TPP is growing daily, a pack of large corporations and TPP’s boosters in Congress want to revive this arcane procedure. They know Fast Track is the only way to force the TPP into effect. The good news is that Congress would have to agree to delegate away its authority. Fast Track cannot just pop into existence on its own. So, we need to ensure that Congress retains its control of the process to avoid further trade-agreement damage to us."

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