Congress demanded that the Trans-Pacific Partnership outlaw currency manipulation. The administration promised that the TPP and accompanying side agreements do that. Then Japan said it will continue manipulating.
President Obama has laid out the bottom line, saying the Trans-Pacific Partnership “puts American workers first.” That's the right measure, but there are deficiencies even a thousand pages of legalese can't obscure.
The effort is now on to defeat this treaty in Congress, with labor, consumer, environmental and health care organizations united in their opposition based on the text released Thursday.
At some point the actual text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be made public. Organizations, academics, experts and regular people will be able to read, analyze and discuss what has been agreed to in our name.
The text of TPP is still secret -- even from Congress. Today, members of Congress brought out Roxy the “secret TPP text-tracking” bloodhound to try and help them sniff out what's in TPP.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is complete, but we still are not allowed to know what is in it. There are rumors Congress might not vote on it until after the 2016 election.
The U.S. Trade Representative's office is shopping around looking for professors to tell the public that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is great – even though the agreement itself is still secret.
New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser said the TPP contained dead rats every country had to swallow. American workers know they’ll be force-fed the dead rats while the TPP will serve corporations foie gras on silver platters.
On trade, every Democratic presidential nominee has for the past three decades campaigned one way and governed another. Why does this keep happening? The answer is not money.
Clinton cites "years of Republican obstruction at home" that have "weakened U.S. competitiveness and made it harder for Americans who lose jobs and pay because of trade to get back on their feet."
The enormous, humongous and ongoing trade deficit, month after month, year after year, drags down our economy. Will the media challenge candidates to discuss trade policy?
Countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership say they have reached a deal. So here it comes. The agreement remains secret for now, but here is what we know and what to expect.
Joe Biden is currently working behind the scenes to push the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which core Democratic-aligned groups will likely oppose. Can Biden run for president without opposing TPP?
Negotiators are meeting in Atlanta, trying to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership as soon as Thursday. A news article explains the latest reason people should be alarmed about what they are negotiating.
Will our country prioritize people, human rights, and morality — or corporate profits? Pride@Work hopes our country will prioritize human rights in upcoming trade agreements.
NAFTA hit us hard; now it looks like TPP will hit us much, much harder. Something we still do in the US is being negotiated away so that executives can pocket even more of those lost wages for themselves.
To get the Trans-Pacific Partnership finished as soon as possible, U.S. negotiators appear to have tried to sell out auto-parts manufacturers in the U.S. to the benefit of countries like China.
Legislators are busy people and must travel. Requiring them to be present while staffers who are versed in trade legalese examine the text of TPP is a way of keeping legislators and their staff from knowing what is in the agreement.
TPP is not dead. There is still time to squeeze this through Congress before the real Presidential campaign season begins if they can complete TPP in August.
"NAFTA-style" "trade" agreements like TPP contain "investor-protection" provisions that allow corporations to sue governments for passing laws and making regulations that might limit their expected profits.
The recent fast track rules said we can't sign "trade" agreements with countries that violate human rights. To get around this rule the administration is declaring the worst violators of human rights to be OK after all.
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.
After observing painful trade votes for more than 20 years, this vote left me feeling that opponents should be holding their heads higher than ever before as they regroup for the next phase of the fight.
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.
"This is a day of celebration in the corporate suites," said Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown after the vote – and a day to resolve to replace Wall Street-beholden members of Congress with true representatives of the people's interests.
Instead of conceding 20 years of failure and forging a new path on trade, the House cleared the way to destroy more American jobs. The Senate votes today on fast-tracking more jobs and factories overseas.
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.
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.
Few believed that the anti-fast-track coalition had much of a chance against the big moneyed interests lined up on the other side. We showed the power of people when they make their voice heard.
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.
The vote on fast track is slated for Friday. It is too close to call. The backroom dealing is frenzied. But the choice is simple: Will we continue our ruinous trade policies or will Congress set a new course?
Nineteen Democrats have joined 110 Republicans in support of fast track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Meanwhile, there are 145 minds to sway, including 41 Democrats.
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?