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The Senate Will Vote on Trade Promotion Authority This Week

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The Trade Promotion Authority bill is set to be voted on in the Senate this week and we must do everything possible to stop it. Trade Promotion Authority, otherwise known as “Fast Track,” limits Congress to only an up or down vote on trade deals that Obama has been negotiating secretly. One of the trade deals that he is hoping to pass before he leaves the White House is the job-killing Trans Pacific Partnership. This agreement is a 12 nation agreement with Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the U.S. Together, the countries encompass 40 percent of the global GDP.

Trade Promotion Authority (Fast Track) Must Be Stopped Now!


President Obama wants Trade Promotion Authority and he wants it now in order to pass many trade deals such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). These so called “free trade” agreements encompass both the Pacific Rim countries as well as the Atlantic countries. These are docking agreements which mean that any country can add on to the agreement at a later time. These trade deals in fact have little to do with trade. They are mostly about domestic policy such as immigration, food safety, intellectual property policies, and environmental regulations. To make matters worse, Trade Promotion Authority would essentially leave Congress without a say.

Disastrous Fast Track/TPA Bill Blocked in the Senate


Yesterday was an exciting day for opponents of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).  Fifty-two senators voted to start debate on the bill, short of the 60 needed to overcome a Democratic filibuster. Forty-five senators voted against the plan.

America Up In Arms About Trade Promotion Authority


Citizens, organizations, and now labor union leaders are taking matters into their own hands to stop President Obama from getting Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Union presidents have decided to temporarily halt political contributions until after TPA vote. TPA is an eminent threat to the U.S. and people are now starting to voice their opinions.

China’s Economic Plan is Overtaking the United States


China has come a long way economically. In 2012, China became the world’s largest trading nation in goods. This has moved 400 million people from poverty to the middle class. Chinese students outperform U.S. students by a far stretch. Also, China is the world’s largest auto manufacturer. This is all coming from a nation that was humiliated during the Opium wars, gone through a long and painful period of dynastic decline, civil war and a backwards economy. It is evident that China has their own plan to improve their economy whereas we in the U.S. have no plan whatsoever.

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