Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is needed to be passed before a vote on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Pacific Rim trade deal can be taken up. It is disconcerting to me and to many of our citizens that we once again have politicians willing to vote for passage without reading the bill.
Reps. Steve Scalise and Pete Sessions have both said they would vote “yes” without reading the bill. They say that TPA is needed for overseeing trade deals and that Congress would have 90 days to fully view the agreement. It is transparent, and gives any Congressional member a chance to review and discuss the text at any time in the future.
The Republican majority needs to read the TPA to assure themselves that what it says is available to Congress is written into the bill and not subject to interpretation.
Then there is the TPP, which as of now is still secret, locked in a basement somewhere and to read it requires security more draconian than trying to get into a prison in Iran.
It also could empower the President, in executive agreements with other countries, to admit more foreign workers into the United States—without ever coming to Congress for approval.”
The TPP or Trans-Pacific Partnership Treaty is being passed in secret, so secret, congress has to sign in to read it, can make no notes or take anything away, and sees only some of the agreement since much of it is redacted.
The American people can know NOTHING. These trade deals in the past have taken jobs from Americans and this one proves to be the most massive and most imposing with copyright restrictions, regulations, and outsourcing that are out of our control once TPP is signed.
In order to fast-track, Congress has to agree to dissemble their powers and turn them over to the president who will then negotiate in secret and return to congress insisting on an up-and-down vote. This is an Imperial president we are going to give this authority too.