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article imageReid’s opposition to 'fast track' signals win for TPP activists

By Justin King     Feb 1, 2014 in Politics
Washington - Activists in opposition to the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) were given a major victory this week when Senate majority leader Harry Reid openly voiced his opposition to “fast track authority” for President Obama’s trade deal.
Fast track authority is officially known as the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Under the TPA, trade deals are subjected to a simple up or down vote by congress. This process stops lawmakers from amending proposed trade deals.
Without TPA, the secretive trade deal being pursued by the Obama administration will be read and debated by the entirety of congress, a process the administration desperately wanted to avoid. The contents of the trade deal have only been available for public review through leaked documents, and activists from all over the political spectrum have been unhappy with every piece of the deal that has been exposed.
Reid made no attempt to conceal his opposition, stating flatly
I’m against ‘fast track,’
This statement is a setback for corporate proponents of the trade deal that have donated over $24 million dollars to congressional representatives in the last ten years.
Reid’s statement came less than 24 hours after the President said
We need to work together on tools like bipartisan trade promotion authority to protect our workers,
The TPP is often referred to as “NAFTA on steroids.” The North American Free Trade Agreement was also promised to create jobs, however has been responsible for a net loss of 700,000 US jobs.
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