Sign the Petition to U.S. Senator Wyden Against ‘Fast Track’
Add Your Name to Fight Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
As the lead Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee (the committee with jurisdiction over trade), U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon could help our cause by refusing to support the Republican Fast Track bill, legislation that would railroad the TPP through Congress.
So far, he has resisted the corporate pressure. But if Senator Wyden agrees to co-sponsor the Fast Track bill, it will be introduced the next day. Then the corporate lobby will use Senator Wyden’s seal of approval to claim “bipartisanship” and push other Democrats in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House to support the bill too.
Will Senator Wyden sell us out? Urge him to stand up for We the People against Fast Track!
Petition Against Fast Track
Dear Senator Wyden,
We are deeply concerned about efforts to Fast Track trade deals that would undermine American jobs, food safety, health, Internet freedom and environmental protections. We are counting on you to reject Fast Track and work on a new form of trade authority that provides Congress and the public with a meaningful role from start to finish in trade negotiation and approval processes.
There are some basic elements that must be included in any trade authority mechanism to ensure that it is more inclusive and meets the basic standards of transparent and accountable policymaking. This is especially important because, unlike domestic laws, trade agreements’ terms cannot be changed except by consensus of all signatory countries. An acceptable new trade authority must:
- Allow Congress to determine which nations are appropriate partners by establishing criteria for inclusion in negotiations and providing for a congressional veto of countries proposed by the White House that do not meet those standards.
- Provide for mandatory negotiating objectives on what must and must not be included in an agreement.
- Empower Congress to determine if negotiations are complete by certifying that Congress’ objectives have been satisfied, giving Congress meaningful oversight of executive branch negotiators.
- Provide for enhanced consultations with Congress and the public throughout the process and access to draft agreement texts.
- Require Congress to vote to approve a trade agreement before the president can sign and enter into it.
Also, we do not believe that U.S. trade agreements should provide foreign investors and corporations operating within the United States with greater substantive or procedural rights than are provided by U.S. law and our courts to U.S. investors or firms.