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Can't get TPP without the TPA

Kris LaGrange's picture
Mar 12, 2015

What the hell are we talking about. In a nutshell, the job killing Trans Pacific Partnership is impossible to pass without the grease provided by the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).  Some house Republicans sent a letter to President Obama, calling on him to pass the Trade Promotion Authority.  The TPA would give the President the authority to negotiate trade deals, like the TPP, NAFTA, CAFTA, etc; and then send it to Congress for a simple up or down vote. This means that without TPA, the President would have no authority to negotiate a trade deal thus killing the TPP, or what most of organized labor fears, pass the TPP. If the TPA is instituted, Congress has literally 90 days to make a yea or nea decision, with no option to filibuster or amend. The TPP was negotiated in secrecy by anti-union corporations to do business in countries with no labor or safety standards with records of child labor and human rights violations. The very fact that we are even talking about a bill of this sort scares the bejesus out of all of us. 

New Yorker's have two representatives who signed onto the letter.  Lee Zeldin, a freshman Republican from Long Island and Elise Stefanik a freshman Republican from the North Country.  For-sale Democratic Congressman Gregory Meeks from Queens has passed every trade bill put before him. Newsday's Dan Jansion wrote up this issue and check out the letter from Congress to Obama below.

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