Tag Archives: Free Trade

Citizens, Speak Up! Fast Track/TPA Must Be Brought Down by Constituents!

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The final battle is approaching us as the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill will be voted on in the Senate this week and the House soon after. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has shown extreme optimism on the passing of TPA which will facilitate the passing of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). “We will have the votes,” said Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee on Sunday. “We’re doing very well. We’re gaining a lot of steam and momentum.” However, how valid is his optimism?

Some GOP Members and Donald Trump Don’t Support the TPP

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been undergoing negotiations now for the last 5 years. No one has been allowed in the negotiations except for 500 corporate lobbyists. Even our elected officials have been kept mostly in the dark. Even though today, the text is now made available to members of Congress, you are to leave your cell phone at the door, watched over as you read, forced to hand over any notes you made before leaving, and are not to discuss it with anyone, not even your own staff.

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.

Outsourcer Nike Supports More of the Same Job-Killing “Free Trade”

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Nike Inc, one of the most famous brands of shoes has come out in favor of the Trans Pacific Partnership saying that it will bring thousands of jobs to the U.S. However, the Wall Street Journal questions the validity of Nike’s claim and states that it is unclear on how lowering tariffs on imports into the U.S. would help Nike boost jobs in the country.

8 Auto Factories Moved to Mexico for Lower Wages Due to NAFTA

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The North American Free Trade Agreement has been nothing but a disaster for the U.S. Just by taking a look at the auto industry, we see how thousands, if not millions, of auto jobs have been shipped down south. Here in the U.S., the lowest paid autoworkers make $38 an hour with benefits. That is roughly four more times than the average auto worker in Mexico. It is no wonder that Mexico is the most attractive place in North America to build auto factories.

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