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Old 01-31-2014, 07:53 AM
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Received this in an email this am:
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On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid uttered four simple yet game-changing words: “I’m against fast track.”
Public opposition to fast track from the top Democrat in the Senate is a serious blow to the supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- a secret corporate power grab disguised as a “trade” agreement.


Under the TPP, more American jobs would be offshored. Internet freedom would be a joke. Developing countries would lose access to lifesaving medicines. Unsafe foods and products could pour into our country. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.


To stop the TPP, we need to stop fast track in the House.

Tell Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to join Senate Majority Leader Reid and the overwhelming majority of her fellow House Democrats in publicly rejecting fast track. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

In the House, not a single House Democrat is co-sponsoring the Camp-Baucus fast-track bill, and we need to keep it that way.
If Leader Pelosi uses her power and influence to encourage other Democrats to take a stand opposing fast track, that alone could put the last nail in the coffin of fast track and the TPP.
But Leader Pelosi, who has previously opposed fast track under both Presidents Clinton and Bush, has not yet gone on the record opposing the current fast track bill or the TPP.


Tell Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to join Senate Majority Leader Reid and the overwhelming majority of her fellow House Democrats in publicly rejecting fast track. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Fast-track trade authority would allow the president to sign a trade deal before Congress has an opportunity to approve it. Then the president could send it to Congress with a guarantee that it will get an up-or-down vote within 90 days.


Fast track would mean there would be no meaningful hearings, limited debate and absolutely no amendments to the deal. And there would be tremendous pressure on Congress to rubber-stamp anything the president signs.


It's the job of Congress to fully vet trade deals and ensure they work for everyone, not just giant corporations. And it would be a deeply irresponsible abdication of responsibility for Congress to pass fast track when we know the TPP is coming down the pike, especially when we know the consequences of the TPP could be disastrous.


That is why hundreds of groups including CREDO, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Demand Progress, National Nurses United, the Sierra Club, Democracy for America, and Public Citizen have spoken out against fast track.


Recently, 152 House Democrats, including Rep. James Clyburn (the third most powerful Democrat in the house) and Rep. George Miller (a close ally of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi) signed letters opposing fast track.
I clicked to sign the petition, for it sounds really bad. another bad thing to happen to us. i feel like crying
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