Sander Levin's "right track" bill was a path to doing at least some good for labor and others through passage of authorizing legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But it was quickly shut down.
The push-back, directed largely at fellow Democrats, shows just how sharply the trade deal is dividing the party — a schism that could only intensify in the days ahead.
The administration argues that it hasn't made the deal public to protect the status of the sensitive, ongoing negotiations.
Check out this new video from The Undercurrent, where AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka talks about the White House trying to undermine labor solidarity by going behind his back to local labor folks about how great the TPP deal would be for them
"Past trade deals haven't always lived up to the hype." So Congress and the public need as much time as it takes to evaluate TPP, and must be allowed to fix problems that might turn up in that time.
Any day now the fast track bill will be introduced in the Senate. Fast track is, in essence, congressional preapproval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the rigged “fast track” process are a new "third rail" to "the base." Progressive leaders are working to warn Hillary Clinton off from grabbing that new third rail.
The New York Times story on the contents of a leaked chapter of the TPP showed that it’s as bad as many of us feared: It would let firms "sue" governments for loss of "expected future profits." Let that sink in.
A new PR campaign in support of Trade Promotion Authority a.k.a. “Fast Track” and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is launching. As its foundation are a set of misleading (at best) claims beginning with a Four-Pinocchio whopper.
Feckless trade policies have contributed to the decline of our middle class. Surely it is time not for a fast track but for a strategic change of course.