The pending free trade pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is something our community needs to take seriously. The proposed pact could lead to disaster if we don't speak up soon.
The TPP would set rules on non-trade matters such as food safety, Internet freedom, medicine costs, financial regulation, and the environment. The TPP is also slated to include extreme foreign investor privileges that help corporations offshore move U.S. jobs to low-wage countries.
Despite more than nearly two dozen rounds of negotiations, the Obama administration has refused to tell the public what is in the TPP. Instead, all the draft texts have been set as "classified."
Now our government is trying to "fast track" TPP with a sneaky procedure that would bypass Congress and short-change the legislative process so the TPP could be signed ASAP.
Under Fast Track, the president would sign the TPP before Congress could review it. Congress wouldn't even be allowed to make changes to the TPP that would protect working families.
It's Congress' job to make sure trade deals work for everyone.
I hope our elected officials will oppose Fast Track for the TPP, and instead retain their constitutional authority to ensure our community is protected in the TPP.