Tell Congress to Stop Obama's Secret Trade Deals

TPP equalsThe Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a new "free trade" agreement being negotiated between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries. Like other Free Trade Agreements, this one is basically a permanent power grab by corporations and financial companies that will make it impossible for the citizens of countries joining the TPP to choose what laws and rules they want to live under.

For Americans, it would lead to increased gas exports and increased imported foods, while undermining our domestic laws and increasing the financialization of nature.

TPP was started under George W. Bush but is being pushed — hard — by President Obama. In fact, a bill in Congress would give him "Fast Track" authority for the negotiating, meaning that he, and whoever comes after him, would be able to negotiate as desired without oversight by Congress. Isn't the reason our constitution created three federal branches — executive, judicial and legislative — to ensure checks and balances?

Please fill out the form below and edit the letter as you wish to urge your congressional representatives to stop Obama's plan to "Fast Track" secret trade deals.

More on Fast Track and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

  • In March Japan announced its plans to join the TPP. South Korea is also considering joining and there has been some talk of China joining, too.
  • Since "Fast Track" authority was first used in 1973, U.S. wages have remand flat while worker productivity has doubled.
  • The expansion of free trade could increase offshoring of jobs.
  • TPP could undermine efforts to regulate Wall Street, including the use of a Financial Transaction Tax on the sort of risky bets that lead to the financial crisis.

Read more on our recent blog posts: If You Thought NAFTA Was Bad, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet and Q: What’s Fracking Got to Do with Free Trade? A: Japan

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Dear [Legislator],

I'm writing to urge you to oppose the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014, which would give the President fast track authority for damaging trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership.



Please vote no on fast-track.

Cordially,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]