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The TPP Threatens the State of the Union

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.

The White House insists Fast Track authority, which would limit debate and prohibit amendments to the TPP, is part of their negotiating strategy to encourage more open markets among the 12 participating nations. With Fast Track, the argument goes, the administration can give negotiating partners assurances that the deal won’t be changed by Congress after everyone has already agreed to the terms. But in reality, it’s an effort to get Congress to abdicate its most important duties and agree to let greedy multinational corporations get exactly their way, without any input or objection from a public that will be forced to live with the myriad consequences of a TPP trade regime.

Fortunately, many members of Congress and the Senate have been steadfast in their resistance to Fast Track. The legislation was notably introduced without at Democratic co-sponsor in the House, and Senator Reid has put it on ice in his chamber amid fierce opposition from the public and members of his own caucus.

Fast Track will eliminate essential checks and balances by transfering congress’ trade authorities to the president. Before tonight’s State of the Union, we need to urge our members of Congress not to turn a blind eye to one of the most controversial  and secretive trade deals in history.

Please call your representatives today and tell them to resist the president’s demands for Fast Track trade authority.

Firedoglake activists have called Congress over 2,500 times to oppose both Fast Track and the TPP, and we’ll keep up the pressure for as long as it takes. Thanks to everyone who has joined us in taking a stand against the TPP.

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Brian Sonenstein

Brian Sonenstein

Publishing Editor at Shadowproof and columnist at Prison Protest.