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January 28, 2015 at 7:08 AM

Fast-track authority: Designed to cut Congress out of the loop and empower corporations

I’m concerned about the false ideas in the editorial “Congress should enact trade-promotion authority” [Opinion, Jan. 20]. Trade-promotion authority (“fast track”) is not actually about trade, but about cutting Congress out of secret so-called trade deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). These deals are kept secret because they would never stand the light…


| More in trade | Topics: Fast-track authority, Jennifer Keller, North American Free Trade Agreement

January 23, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Trans Pacific Partnership: Stand up to fast track authority

Corrected version If you breathe air, drink water or are concerned about the environment and climate change, watch out because a tsunami of corporate power is about to overtake many of our existing protections [“Trans Pacific Partnership: Fast-track authority at odds with self-governance,” Northwest Voices, Dec. 30]. A few details of the ultrasecret, 12-nation Trans…


Comments | More in trade | Topics: Lisa Dekker, Rep. Jim McDermott, trans pacific partnership

December 30, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Trans Pacific Partnership: Fast-track authority at odds with self-governance

Thank-you for the pro and con opinion pieces regarding fast-track authority for trade deals [“Should Congress give Obama fast-track authority for trade deals?” IOpinion, Dec. 30].

Don Kusler is absolutely correct: Allowing fast-track authority for trade deals such as the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) — negotiated in secret — is in direct opposition to principles of democracy and of our Constitution, which gives Congress authority over foreign commerce. How can Congress properly exercise that authority if its members are not given the chance to review and amend trade legislation?


Comments | More in trade | Topics: Congress, NAFTA, trans pacific partnership

December 5, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Trans-Pacific Partnership troubled by overwhelming secrecy

It’s a slap in the face to Pacific Rim countries with developing economies

Plaudits to Jon Talton for raising questions about the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership pact [“Fast track risky path for Pacific trade pact,” having trouble finding this article].

He correctly raises the issues of secrecy and the process of fast tracking the agreement through Congress. The secrecy issue is a special slap in the face to several Pacific Rim countries whose economies are still developing, and whose voices in international trade agreements have frequently been overwhelmed by the influence and clout of large global corporations in the rich countries.

For many who oppose this Trans-Pacific trade pact, the issue is not only economic but also moral. My own religious denomination, recognizing that trade policies have moral implications for millions of people mired in deep poverty in developing countries, passed a resolution at the Episcopal Church General Convention last year titled “advocate for a just economy for international trade.”


Comments | More in trade | Topics: trans pacific partnership

October 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Washington in need of high-standard trade agreements

Trans-Pacific Partnership will help state’s job market Jon Talton’s column highlights the critical need for a high-standard trade agreement that will benefit Washington state and the national economy [“Pivot toward Asia comes with potholes,” business, Oct 13]. Washington state has much to gain from a well-crafted agreement due to our strong economic ties with Asia. In fact,…


Comments | More in Economy, trade | Topics: tpp, trans pacific partnership, Washington state trade

September 20, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Local woman survives food poisoning, will testify at FDA hearing

Beware the TPP I’m writing regarding the recent article about the woman who almost died from eating cheese infected with listeria. [“Near-fatal food poisoning spurs local woman to act,” page one, Sept. 19.] If the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement goes through, any rules the Food and Drug Administration comes up with to protect us…


Comments | More in Food/nutrition, trade | Topics: fda, food and drug administration, food poisoning

July 11, 2013 at 6:30 AM

The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Public must fight the trade deal With President Obama calling for completion of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations by October, it’s crucial that we raise public awareness right now. The TPP can only become reality if the public remains unaware and does not demand that Congress stop this attack on our basic rights. We all must fight this insidious…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: politics, tpp, trade

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…


Comments | More in Economy, Politics | Topics: Congress, fast track, tpp