- Can we count on you to call Rep. Pelosi and tell her not to let the TPP sail through without real oversight?
- New Trans Pacific trade partnership stirs worries
Paul, Martin, and the rest of us, Sum of Us
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Thu, 5 Dec 2013 | Tobacco giant Philip Morris is suing Australia for billions of dollars in lost profits -- just because the government took action to reduce teenage smoking. Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly is suing Canada for $500 million -- just because Canada has laws to keep essential drugs affordable. Worst of all, these cases are happening in secret, in international tribunals to which only corporations have access.
Now, more of these corporate lawsuits against governments could be coming to the US, thanks to the Obama Administration.
For months, world leaders have been negotiating a trade deal -- called the TPP -- that would massively expand these secret tribunals. It’s NAFTA on steroids, and international. The text of the deal is still completely secret and the public can't look -- but over 600 corporate lobbyists who are helping write the treaty can.
Now President Obama is trying to ram this deal through by seeking “fast-track” authority, which would prevent Congress from making any changes to the deal and stifle any debate. Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have spoken out against fast track authority, and if we can get more Democrats to join them, we’ll have a real chance to stop this corporate power grab.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is key. She’s on our side, but needs our support to speak out. Can you call her office today and tell her to stop fast-track?
Our government is negotiating right now to lock a deal. Call Rep. Pelosi and tell her not to sign off on a deal the American people can’t read!
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is called a trade deal, but it's really a corporate wish-list aimed at attacking everything from environmental protections to affordable medicines to internet freedoms.
There's lots wrong with the TPP, but the unaccountable system it would set up to allow corporations to sue governments is one of the worst. If the deal is signed, future laws designed to protect consumers, our health or our environment could be challenged by corporations who claim that the law reduces their profit -- and there is nothing we or our governments could do to stop them.
Corporate lobbyists and government insiders are keeping the text of the deal secret because they know that if the full details got out into public view, we wouldn't like what we saw. Even Congress can’t see the bill, but the Obama administration wants authority to negotiate without any oversight. But we already know enough through leaks to know it's really bad. We can't let this sail through without public scrutiny, and the only way we can give the public time to review the bill is by stopping fast track now!
Can we count on you to call Rep. Pelosi and tell her not to let the TPP sail through without real oversight?.
Our government is negotiating right to lock a deal. Call Rep. Pelosi and tell her not to sign off on a deal the American people can’t read!
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New Trans Pacific trade partnership stirs worries, Emile Schepers, People's World
- The overall impact would be a massive increase of profits and power for transnational corporations at the expensive of sick people, internet users and the public. In addition … the TPP has raised worries on the part of labor and consumer groups.
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- “They have blood on their hands"