Urge Congress to defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership!

We don't need an unelected, supranational commission regulating the U.S. economy from afar without any votes in Congress.

President Barack Obama has released the 5,554-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and it is even worse than anyone expected. As Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning explained on Nov. 5 in a statement:

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which regulates 40 percent of the global economy, will continue to outsource American jobs overseas, fail to do anything about currency manipulation, and once adopted, will create an international, unelected commission with broad authority to implement and interpret the agreement without any votes of Congress. These regulatory and judicial powers of the commission, in Article 27.2.2 of the agreement, will be akin to rogue agencies and activist courts in the U.S., that regularly issue edicts contrary to the law passed by elected representatives.

“While the U.S. Trade Representative provided a chapter summary on its final provisions that it would take votes of Congress to amend the agreement and to allow other countries to dock into the agreement, the text of the agreement is not nearly so explicit, leaving significant concerns about how the trade agreement will function and whether U.S. representative democracy will be meaningful in its wake. Before any agreement is ratified, the language must be much stronger to make the need for Congress' approval clear. A chapter summary is not the agreement itself. The danger of a runaway commission is too great for this to be ignored.

“But since Congress is forbidden from amending the agreement under terms of the fast track trade authority granted President Obama earlier this year, and the agreement will not be fixed later, the only recourse for members who share this concern is to simply vote no. Chile managed to get a provision into the agreement adhering to its Constitution explicitly into Article 27, but the U.S. could not? It's not as if these concerns were not raised prior to the close of negotiations, making the lack of language explicitly safeguarding Article One and Two congressional prerogatives in the U.S. Constitution particularly inexcusable.  This concern is exacerbated by President Obama’s on-going contempt for these prerogatives as demonstrated by his regulatory overreach and pen and phone approach to dictating policy.”

You know what to do! Let’s urge your representative and senators to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) also warned in a statement on Nov. 5, “Among the TPP’s endless pages are rules for labor, environment, immigration and every aspect of global commerce — and a new international regulatory structure to promulgate, implement, and enforce these rules. This new structure is known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission — a Pacific Union — which meets, appoints unelected bureaucrats, adopts rules, and changes the agreement after adoption.”

We don’t need an unelected, supranational commission regulating the U.S. economy from afar without any votes in Congress, and every member who votes for the Pacific trade deal will have to deal with the consequences of ceding U.S. sovereignty.

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Public Comments (1,351)
Mar 9th, 2016
Paul M. from Caledonia, WI writes:
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No to TPP & Fast Track! Yes-Ted Cruz for President, God Willing!
Mar 8th, 2016
Sarah B. from Cedarburg, WI signed.
Mar 8th, 2016
Randall D. from Hixson, TN writes:
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We the American people say no to the TPP and fast track;we also will not stand for it to be considered in a lame duck session.
Jan 13th, 2016
PAMELA S. from Wichita Falls, TX writes:
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Whomever votes for this won't get my future votes or respect.
Jan 13th, 2016
Joseph M. from Bothell, WA signed.
Jan 13th, 2016
Franklin B. from Grandville, MI signed.
Jan 13th, 2016
Robin D. from Sacramento, CA writes:
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Corporations will sue the government just like they are suing over the Keystone pipeline!
Jan 12th, 2016
gary c. from Arlington, WA signed.
Jan 12th, 2016
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Jan 11th, 2016
John S. from Philadelphia, PA signed.