An Alert From Oregon Fair Trade
“This Thursday, Senator Ron Wyden will hold his first trade hearing as the new Senate Finance Chair. His witness is none other than U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman — the cabinet-level official who refuses to tell the American public what his office has been proposing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in our names.
Please urge Senator Wyden to use Thursday’s hearing to demand that Ambassador Froman release the TPP texts for public scrutiny.
The TPP has been under negotiation for over four years now. It is said to include some 29-separate chapters, covering everything from labor standards, to food safety, to financial regulations, to medicine patents and more. The pact would cover approximately 40 percent of the global economy, and has built-in mechanisms to expand even further. There’s no doubt that, if passed, the TPP would have profound effects on our economy, jobs, environment and public health for decades to come. (The TPP has been designed to redistribute massive amounts of income from the 99 to the 1 percent)
A pact this large and far-reaching should be developed in the light of day. Instead, Ambassador Froman has decided to negotiate it behind-closed doors. He’s allowed some 600 corporate advisors and a small handful of others access to the texts, but has barred the vast majority of people who will be affected by his proposals from seeing them. He’s made it clear he has no intention of publishing any TPP texts until after the negotiations are completed, the pact is signed and (if Fast Track is approved as he’s requested) even Congress’ ability to amend the text is prohibited.
As recently as this month, Senator Wyden has told constituents he believes they deserve the right to review TPP proposals “in real time.” Please urge Senator Wyden to use his new power as Senate Finance Chair to press Ambassador Froman on this issue.”
Give him a call, and let him know he should stand with the 99 percent, and not his Wall Street buddies. Tell him to oppose the TPP.
Senator Ron Wyden Office