Call your representative for a fair "Fast Track"

     

President Obama has asked Congress for "Fast Track" authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would reduce our elected representatives' role in crafting this monumental trade deal to a simple up or down vote.

This deal could impact everything from the environment to labor protections. A traditional "Fast Track" approach that doesn't allow enough time for the public to evaluate what's at stake could prove disastrous.

Instead, Congress ought to write a "Fast Track" authorization that sets concrete objectives, allows ample time for deliberation, and ensures the American people can make themselves heard.

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Call your representative right now and tell him a fair "Fast Track" must include:

  • Full disclosure of the names and affiliations of all “expert” advisors to and participants in TPP negotiations with access to drafts of the agreement;
  • At least a full work week's worth of debate time on trade legislation - 40 hours - instead of "Fast Track’s" cap of only 20 hours.
  • A review period with time for stakeholders to review and comment on the TPP and its impact on businesses, workers, consumers, citizens, and our environment. 
  • A separate up-or-down vote on ISDS, a provision that could allow foreign investors, including multinational corporations, to sue the United States if they think our policies unfairly cost them profits they think they’re owed under a trade agreement.

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