June 26, 2013 at 6:30 AM
The Trans Pacific Partnership
Trade agreement is problematic, should not be fast-tracked
We should all be concerned about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a far-reaching trade agreement being negotiated in secret. Congress and the rest of us have been mostly kept in the dark about its provisions, but leaked documents reveal that the TPP goes far beyond trade. Its approval could undermine US laws related to food safety, the environment and worker’s rights.
The TPP is scheduled for completion this October and the administration wants to fast-track its approval. The problem with fast-tracking is that it doesn’t allow time for review, it limits debate and it forces Congress to make an up-or-down vote with no amendments.
We have signed many trade agreements in the past without the fast-track process. It isn’t essential.
Multinational corporations are very involved in drafting the TPP, so its provisions will benefit their bottom line. It doesn’t represent the interests of the American people or U.S. companies that are not allowed to participate in the negotiations. Congress should not allow the TPP to be approved without adequate review and public input.
Sherry Kew, Seattle
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