House Calls Needed: NO on TPA!
June 2, 2015
The House of Representatives continues to weigh giving President Obama trade promotion authority (TPA), or “fast track,” which has already passed the Senate. It will set the table for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive agreement involving twelve countries, and enables the President to bring a trade agreement to Congress for an up-or-down, simple majority vote.
President Obama has been negotiating this deal over the past 6 years, with no input from Congress. Even as the evidence mounts that trade deals like the TPP are bad for American workers and consumers, Congress continues its deliberations.
In May, the World Trade Organization rejected the U.S. requirement that imported meat must be labeled with its country of origin. Instead of standing up for this popular labeling requirement, the House will soon take up a bill to repeal the rule; otherwise, Mexico and Canada are threatening retaliation through higher tariffs. The WTO’s decision is only the latest over many years of targeting American laws and stacking the deck in favor of our competitors. If the U.S. agrees to the TPP, we can expect more rulings by biased international organizations against American law and business practices.
Call or email your representative. Tell him or her to vote NO on fast track authority (TPA) for President Obama.
Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121
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