With "fast track" done, the big corporations are now pushing for massive tax giveaways. This is another exercise of raw corporate power by the few to take what they want from the many.
What do we do now that fast-track trade authority has passed? We take this awareness and energy into the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. And then, win or lose, we build a fair trade movement.
Here is the best way to "pay for" the surface transportation bill: Sell bonds and use the proceeds. Pay off the bonds using the economic benefits of investing in infrastructure.
This fast-track trade authority push was different, more aggressive, less concerned with how it looked. Is this how business will be done in the 21st century? Maybe, but maybe not.
The Senate votes Tuesday on fast track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Call your senators and ask them to vote no. Also attend one of these rallies at the offices of key senators if you can.
Nonetheless, Clinton is still hedging and needs to make a clear statement before Tuesday's vote in the Senate. She has to say she is for this or she is against it.
The fast track bill is being super-fast tracked in the Senate and the vote there will come up very, very soon. Here are things you can do to help stop this from being rammed through.
With only a few hours notice, the House of Representatives snuck in another fast track vote, and it passed 218-208. The bill now must return to the Senate.
Who pays when companies like Walmart are able to dodge taxes by pretending their profits are made elsewhere and keeping the cash outside of the country? There is a better way.
Wall Street and the big corporations don't like to lose. It looks like The Money has told the Republicans to try again to get Fast Track through and they are preparing to vote before we can rally and organize people to try to stop it again.
If we keep fighting we can start to come up with a new economic agenda that works for all of us, not just for a few. We can demand a real debate over how our country should do business.
On Friday 28 Democrats sided with Wall Street and the multinational corporations against 99 percent of Americans. They voted to pass fast track trade promotion authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. These are their names.
Votes on two more bills today will lead up to the big vote on fast track, which essentially preapproves the still-secret TPP. There are still reportedly 33 Democrats and 83 Republicans in the "undecided" column.
The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Friday on the fast track bill that would effectively preapprove the Trans-Pacific Partnership and future so-called "trade" trade agreements. The vote is expected to be close.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has so far chosen to remain silent on fast track trade authority, refusing to take a position. This is her last chance. The vote could be Thursday.
Corporations are famous for sneaking things into laws and regulations before the public can rally to stop it. Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership's wording on state-owned enterprises a mandate for privatization?
The American Trade Enforcement Effectiveness Act would allow companies and workers to seek remedy for unfair trade practices before the layoffs and plant closings begin.
Imagine $40.9 billion of orders coming in right now to companies that make and do things inside the U.S. That is what we are losing because of this enormous, humongous trade deficit.
It's up to you now. Call your representative today. Call and demand they vote NO on fast track. If we swamp them with phone calls, we will deliver a powerful message.
One side says the Trans-Pacific Partnership is entirely about lowering tariffs, the other says it's about corporate power. The House should require separate votes on the trade and non-trade parts of the agreement.
This is not a drill. The vote in the House of Representatives on fast track, preapproving the Trans-Pacific Partnership before the public finds out what is in it, could take place this week.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported today that the gross domestic product (GDP) fell at an annual rate of 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015. Our enormous, humongous trade deficit is literally draining our economy.
The House is expected to vote on fast track trade promotion authority as soon as next week. If it passes, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a done deal. Why is presidential candidate Hillary Clinton still silent on this?
Remember the study that showed that Congress doesn’t take what the public wants into account at all when passing legislation? That’s what happened last week when the Senate passed Fast Track.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a corporate/investor rights agreement, not a "trade" agreement. "Trade" is a good thing; TPP is not. Using the word "trade" in association with TPP is helping the other side.
The Senate is considering the rigged fast track trade process that would be used to push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Please make one more call to your senators and say you want them to vote against it.
Sometimes a vote is a clear either/or, where you are either voting with Wall Street and the giant, multinational corporations or you are voting with 99 percent of Americans who actually (try to) work for a living.
Call your senators today and tell them to support critical amendments and against fast track trade authority. Congress should not preapprove massive trade agreements that the public is not allowed to see.
This week McDonald's cooks and cashiers will be joined by clergy members at the company's shareholder meeting to call on McDonald’s to invest in the company and its workers instead of wealthy hedge fund executives.
The president says the pubic can’t see the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it is still being negotiated. So let us see the parts that are not still being negotiated.
President Obama says progressives who warn that trade laws could let corporations overrule U.S. law are "making this stuff up." Two such attacks on U.S. laws and regulations are underway right now.
As promised, here is the list of Democratic Senators who joined Republicans to break the blockade of fast track trade promotion authority, preapproving the Trans-Pacific Partnership before the public can see it.
It is still possible to kill Fast Track in the House if we can get enough Democrats to hold steady against it. Stay at it, let friends and family know about these trade bills, and keep the pressure on your own member of Congress.
What happened in the Senate shows why the corporations are fighting so hard to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership. A legislative body jumped in and interfered with corporate plans. The nerve of those people!
Democrats in the U.S. Senate were able to successfully block the trade promotion authority "fast track" bill using a filibuster today. This is a very big setback for the pro-TPP forces, but is not a final defeat.
President Obama says that Senator Elizabeth Warren is expressing concerns about TPP because she is a politician. Politicians listen to their voters and know this vote will be remembered like the Iraq War vote was remembered.
Fast track essentially pre-approves the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership. With a vote coming as soon as Tuesday Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has not yet spoken out for or against fast track.
Nike manufactures in Vietnam, and profits from Vietnamese workers being paid little and having few rights. If what the President says is true, then why would Nike be for it?
In Nike, a company that grew by outsourcing jobs to overseas sweatshops, President Obama may well have found the perfect place to promote yet another job-destroying, billionaire-enriching trade deal.
A few recent stories make President Obama look like a candidate about to jump into the Republican presidential primaries, using trade as his issue.