- THE MAGAZINE
More and more people, representing a broad range of voices and stakeholders, are expressing their opposition to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Howard Schneider of the Washington Post wrote a recent article titled, “As White House Pushes Trade Deal Abroad, Opposition Grows at Home,” highlighting that, “the Obama administration is facing a difficult sales job at home as key industries and unions grow cautious, domestic manufacturers move to protect their markets, and trade skeptics amp up their opposition.”
Below is a glimpse of some of the referenced opposition from recent weeks, underscoring the concerns expressed by those skeptical of the TPP.
- “Currency anger poses threat to trade talks deal,” Shawn Donnan of the Financial Times writes, “When 60 Senators from both major parties last week sent a letter to the administration demanding that the issue of currency manipulation be included in the agenda of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, they joined a bipartisan majority of members of the lower house who earlier this year sought the same…on Capitol Hill, legislators and aides from both parties insist that the administration will at the very least have to insert some language on currency manipulation in any TPP agreement. The risk of ignoring 60 senators would be that, without a reference to currency, any TPP deal could fail to pass Congress.
- “Democrats balk at Obama’s fast track push on pacific trade deal” Brian Wingfield at BusinessWeek writes that, “A growing chorus of lawmakers is calling for trade negotiators to address issues including currency manipulation, food-safety standards and competition with state-backed industries as the administration seeks “fast-track” authority to smooth eventual passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”
- “New trade pact could hurt dairy industry”,South Jersey Times
- Rep. Jim McDermott (WA-7), in a recent conference call with reporters, as reported by Inside US Trade: "We're a long way to getting to a deal [on TPP]."
- U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) in a McClatchy piece: "I get very, very concerned and scared ...What it [TPP] will do is further jeopardize food safety"
- Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy: “In the call organized by opponents, critics saidsays the deal should be negotiated openly, not behind closed doors. And they saidsays no deal should be rushed through until the public has enough time to digest the implications and make sure that labor and environmental safeguards are protected.”
- Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), in an op-ed published by the Youngstown Vindicator (OH): “The Trans-Pacific Partnership deal — as it stands now — could threaten the remarkable recovery of the U.S. auto industry. After all, Japan is the second-largest source of the U.S. trade imbalance after China, with automotive products accounting for more than two-thirds of that deficit in 2012. In fact, Japan is the most closed auto market in the world with a history of unfair treatment against U.S. autos.”
- Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa and Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune: The Hill: Countries that have fought hard for their protections — environmental, labor or otherwise — should not feel threatened by big corporations. Unfortunately, we expect the TPP will include provisions that allow foreign corporations to sue governments over just these types of laws and policies — if the corporation feels the law undercuts its bottom line. Such investor protections are not only a fundamental threat to our democracy, but also to workers and the environment.
- Larry Cohen, President, Communications Workers of America, in a Huffington Post blog piece: “TPP is bad for working families, because, like nearly every other trade agreement that's been negotiated by the U.S. in the past 20 years, TPP isn't concerned with U.S. workers or jobs. Every other nation starts out with jobs and the economy as their priorities. The U.S. unfortunately has a different focus, and looks at trade in terms of national security and global corporate interests, not ensuring the economic well-being of working families.”
- “Protestors urge President Obama to ‘flush’ Pacific trade deal, ” Politico.