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.
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?
Martin O'Malley on Wednesday became the second Democratic presidential candidate to come out forcefully against fast-track trade authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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.
“Our phones are ringing off the hook,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro as members of Congress were presented with the signatures of 2 million people calling for a "no" vote on fast track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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.
Decade after decade, the federal government has failed to enforce free trade agreements, placing Americans in competition with child laborers, underpaid and overburdened foreign workers and victims of human trafficking.
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.
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.
America's deeply flawed trade policy is based on the philosophy that workers and the retired should be forced to suffer to facilitate the rich getting richer.
Big money speaks loudly in the money primary. But populists are driving the ideas primary, particularly among Democrats. And the president is discovering the effects in the debate over fast track and trade deals.
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.
To cover the cost of a program that would help workers who lose their jobs as a result of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Republicans propose a $700 million cut in Medicare.
The president stakes his reputation on a trade deal that may increasingly be seen as a joint Obama/GOP initiative. If successful, his legacy could suffer a mortal blow and his party pay a terrible price.
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.
America is in an abusive relationship with trade-obsessed politicians and corporations. Trade has killed U.S. factories, jobs and communities. No more fast-tracking abusive trade deals.
On Friday, President Obama chose Nike headquarters in Oregon to deliver a defense of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It was an odd choice of venue. Nike isn’t the solution to the problem of stagnant wages in America. Nike is the problem.
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?
Sen. Bernie Sanders stands alone in his single-minded focus on the economy. His blunt talk on jobs, rising inequality, and the erosion of the middle class will force many White House hopefuls to address topics they would rather avoid.
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.
Economist Jared Bernstein disagrees with the administration's decision to not address currency manipulation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement being negotiated with 11 other trading partners.