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Monday, March 9, 2015

TPP Trans-Pacific Partnership


C-Span | January 27, 2015

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman appeared before the Senate Finance Committee to answer questions on President Obama’s trade policy agenda. Much of the discussion focused on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which at the time of this hearing was being negotiated between the U.S. and 11 other Asian-Pacific nations. Other topics included a proposal for renewing trade promotion authority which would grant President Obama broad authority to negotiate trade agreements with just an up or down vote by Congress - (without amendment). 

Mr. Froman’s opening statement was interrupted by a group of protesters who voiced their objections to the pending TPP agreement.”

Liberty-Pac: DON'T FORGET, ultimately Congress is the legislative body that grants the executive branch (TPA) trade promotion authority. So when you decide to blame those responsible for outsourcing American jobs, congress is a good place to start. 

ExposeTheTPP | Nov 7, 2014


 " What is fast Track? (1). The mechanism created by Richard Nixon that would allow the president to circumvent constitutional checks and balances to ram "free trade" agreements through congress. (2). A legislative luge run used to skid through harmful "free trade" deals. (3). A piece of legislation that would force congress to vote on a trade agreement within 60-90 days of receiving it with only limited debate and no amendments allowed. 

What is trade promotion authority (TPA)? Since 1974, Congress has enacted TPA legislation that defines U.S. negotiating objectives and priorities for trade agreements and establishes consultation and notification requirements for the President to follow throughout the negotiation process.  At the end of the negotiation and consultation process, Congress gives the agreement an up or down vote, without amendment.”

Join the movement here: ExposeTheTPP


--------------------------------------UPDATE 12, JUNE 2015-------------------------------
House Debate on Trade Legislation, Part 1 

June 12, 2015- House members debated H.R.1314, the Trade Act of 2015, which includes trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation that would allow the president to negotiate trade deals that Congress can approve or disapprove but cannot amend. 

House Debate on Trade Legislation, Part 2
June 12, 2015- House members debated H.R.1314, the Trade Act of 2015, which includes trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation that would allow the president to negotiate trade deals that Congress can approve or disapprove but cannot amend.

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