Why are we granting Obama any more power?
And Why all the Shenanigans to Get TPA to Obama's Desk?
Last week we posted the following message(in red).
Tomorrow, Friday, June 12th, the House of Representatives is planning to vote on the TPA (Trade Promotion Authority) or "Fast Track." Why would we allow it? To voice your opinion, make some calls tonight or tomorrow morning.
The House passed it anyway, but only in part, so after some maneuvering, (attaching only the TPA provision to a popular firemen’s pension bill), they have passed it again on Thursday, June 18th. Now it is back to the Senate to find out if they can do anything to pass it and get it to the President’s desk.
This gives you some time (but perhaps not much) to call your Senators and to continue to contact your Representative and others in the House. This bill is intended to grease the skids for the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) which has been in negotiation for about six years, in secret. We know parts, because of leaks in other countries. This legally binding treaty would "level the playing field," so they say, but includes things like extensive global regulation; how all food is grown and consumed; how all energy is produced and consumed; land use; and questions of state and national sovereignty versus global sovereignty. These are issues that Americans should know about, but cannot, because these agreements are being negotiated in secret.
TPA gives the Obama administration the ability to negotiate in secret, add entangling rules to trade agreements, and then Congress can vote up or down, but has no ability to make any changes to the trade agreement. And due to "Fast Track" it would only require a simple majority to approve the trade agreement, not the two thirds required by the Constitution to ratify treaties. Future trade agreements would also be included under "Fast Track".
By the way, Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Representative Lamar Smith all voted FOR the TPA.
NOW is the time to make some contacts before it comes to the floor of the Senate again.
Lets light up the phone banks again!
This is a bad deal!