ACTION ALERT FROM DJPC’S ADVOCACY COMMITTEE!
Getting down to the wire!
Say “NO” to Fast Track for the TPP~NOW!
A bill to revive Fast Track — the legislation to push the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress — could be introduced very soon.
At the moment, Senator Ron Wyden has the ability to decide the fate of Fast Track. As the lead Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee (the committee with jurisdiction over trade), Sen. Wyden could stymie this action by refusing to support the Republican bill.
So far, he has refused to sign on. But if Sen. Wyden agrees to co-sponsor the GOP Fast Track bill, it will be introduced the next day. Then the corporate lobby will use Wyden’s seal of approval to claim “bipartisanship” and pressure other Democrats in the Senate and the House to support the bill, too.
Last fall, 600 civil society groups (including DJPC) signed on to a letter to Sen. Wyden urging him to scrap Fast Track and create a new form of trade authority that reinstates Congress’ and the public’s rolesto avoid more NAFTA-style deals.
Wyden has supported Fast Track in the past and all of the previous FTAs too. But a Wyden spokesman recently said, “There is no agreement on Trade Promotion Authority [Fast Track], or other aspects of the legislative trade agenda more broadly … Sen. Wyden is continuing to fight for more transparency, more oversight and provisions to ensure American workers come first in our trade policy.”
This is great news, but we need Sen. Wyden to refuse unequivocally any form of Fast Track. So far, that has not been his position.
Please join our partners at Public Citizen Global Trade Watch and contact Sen. Wyden via this link: http://bit.ly/1LNWzDr.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUING WORK ON THIS ISSUE!