Trade Policy Needs A “Root-To-Branch” Reassessment

Campaign for America’s Future Calls For A National Commission To Forge A New Globalization Strategy

Washington – Campaign for America’s Future Co-Director Robert Borosage today called on the Obama administration to abandon the “outmoded and failed mold” it is using to negotiate a 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and instead create a commission that would forge the path for new trade policies suited for the 21st century.

“Rather than trying desperately to sell another round of treaties with dubious promises, evanescent benefits, and exaggerated claims, the administration should be launching a root-to-branch evaluation necessary to define a very different direction for the country,” Borosage wrote in an essay on OurFuture.org

Citing President Obama’s recent statements that he had “a pen and a phone” that he would use to overcome obstacles to his legislative priorities, Borosage said, “Nothing is more imperative than to use that pen and phone to convene a national commission on America’s global economic strategy. Convene the best representatives of global corporations, banks, unions, consumers and environmentalists who understand that we can’t continue down the same road and drive a review. Legislators might sensibly set up a joint special committee of Congress to parallel the president’s initiative.”

The Campaign for America’s Future has been a leading critic of attempts to fast-track through Congress the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In addition to extensive commentary on its blog and online actions, the organization is launching transpacificpartnership.org as a resource for people seeking more information on the treaty.

Read the full statement: http://ourfuture.org/20140220/fast-track-to-nowhere-americas-failed-trade-policy