“There’s good news tonight”
|By: DSWright Monday February 17, 2014 2:27 pm|
Senator Dick Durbin has joined Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in opposing fast track trade authority for the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) as well as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Durbin’s opposition could signal the beginning of the end for the agreements as now prominent Democratic leaders in both the Senate and House are opposing giving the Obama Administration fast track trade authority for the controversial agreements.
|By: DSWright Thursday February 13, 2014 6:40 am|
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has now publicly opposed giving President Obama fast track authority on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). In a show of unity with other House Democrats Pelosi announced she would be opposing the current bill promoting TPP at a labor event.
|By: Dean Baker Tuesday February 4, 2014 5:54 pm|
Charles Lane is wrong, as usual, in arguing that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), like its predecessor NAFTA, is good for U.S. workers. However, the piece is useful in providing an opportunity to explain some basic economics.
|By: DSWright Thursday January 30, 2014 11:39 am|
Majority Leader Harry Reid threw cold water on fast tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) despite a call to do so in President Obama’s State of the Union speech. Numerous Democrats in Congress have publicly objected to fast tracking TPP given the many controversial aspects contained in the bill including removing decision making authority from sovereign countries and re-deregulating Wall Street.
|By: DSWright Wednesday January 29, 2014 6:57 am|
Last night President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union speech. In the speech Obama addressed growing concerns in the country about lack of opportunities and yawning wealth inequality. Poverty, lack of labor participation, and wealth inequality have gone to record levels under his administration. As the problem has gotten progressively worse the rhetoric seems to be ever more soaring.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Tuesday January 28, 2014 3:12 pm|
There’s a good chance that President Obama will use tonight’s State of the Union address to gin up support for Fast Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
|By: letsgetitdone Tuesday January 21, 2014 5:05 pm|
I agree that letter writing is a good proposal for one way the American public could register its objections to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with foreign leaders. But, I think that such letters ought also to point out that even if the TPP were railroaded successfully in the next few months, then it is unlikely to stick. After all, it is only a Treaty. Wouldn’t an electoral victory here by a movement dedicated to overturning corporate control of the political system, result in withdrawal from the TPP before any concrete legislation likely to conflict with it was passed by Congress?
|By: DSWright Thursday January 16, 2014 10:50 am|
According to a letter obtained by Firedoglake, 12 United States Senators have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to convey their opposition to the “prospect of renewing Trade Promotion Authority” or fast track authority. Specifically mentioned in the context of that opposition is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Two trade bills that shred national sovereignty as well as labor, environmental, and financial regulations passed in democratic governments.
|By: DSWright Monday January 13, 2014 12:36 pm|
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is heading towards its final version according to the Australian Trade Minister. Reportedly the controversial US provision on intellectual property (IP) is no longer the stumbling block, instead the section of the agreement on agriculture, particularly sugar, is requiring extra efforts to complete.