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.
The March trade numbers show that our economy can create a lot of jobs. But thanks to our trade policies, we created them somewhere else. It's time to change our trade policies so they work for We the People.
Fast track is expected to come to the floor of the Senate soon for debate and then a vote – possibly even this week. Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton so far remains silent on the issue.
There is a direct relationship between our enormous, humongous and ongoing trade deficit and the lack of jobs, blight and desperation that is so visible in cities like Baltimore.
With fast track, We the People of the United States of America don't get to know what's in TPP until some time after Congress pre-approves it.
Last week federal contractors walked off the job to protest poverty wages. This week some of them are experiencing retaliation, and Good Jobs Nation has filed a National Labor Relations Board complaint.
Republicans in Congress can read polls and letters from their constituents as well as Democrats. They are starting to realize that it might not be wise to rubber-stamp a fast track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Corporations get a special channel for submitting claims and getting enforcement of the words that appear in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Labor, environmentalists and other "stakeholders" don't get that.
President Obama said that people who have concerns about Fast Track and TPP “don’t know what they’re talking about,” and compared them to conservatives like Sarah Palin talking about "death panels."
Sander Levin's "right track" bill was a path to doing at least some good for labor and others through passage of authorizing legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But it was quickly shut down.
Given a choice between the market law of supply and demand and their hatred of our government, conservatives choose hatred of government over free markets every time.
Through privatization and contracting the U.S. Government has become the country's biggest low-wage job creator, funding over 2 million poverty jobs.
There was a big rally in Washington on Monday to denounce the Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal that "fast track" will push through Congress.
"Past trade deals haven't always lived up to the hype." So Congress and the public need as much time as it takes to evaluate TPP, and must be allowed to fix problems that might turn up in that time.
Fast track effectively pre-approves secretive trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before the Congress and the public have a chance read, analyze and thoroughly consider their ramifications.
A foreign trade court has blocked the US from letting citizens know that tuna from some Mexican companies is not dolphin-safe. This non-U.S. "court" has the power to nullify our federal Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act.
Today is Tax Day, and Republicans are voting to repeal the estate tax. This is a huge, huge tax cut for only the top 0.2 percent – people worth more than $5.4 million (and couples worth $10.9 million).
Ohio gets it about "NAFTA-style" trade deals. Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are coming for the rest of Ohio's jobs and Ohio is fighting back. Will Hillary Clinton join the fight?
Any day now the fast track bill will be introduced in the Senate. Fast track is, in essence, congressional preapproval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
Very soon Congress is expected to begin consideration of a Trade Promotion Authority (“fast track”) bill. There will be a “Week of Action Against Fast Tracking Trade Deals” that will kick off Wednesday, April 15.
Every time a conservative blames an individual for making bad choices, it makes the case for more government. When people are proven to make bad choices we need a “nanny state” to make good choices for them.