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From Arthur Stamoulis, Executive Director of
CITIZENS TRADE CAMPAIGN

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) just took over as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee — one of the most powerful positions in the entire federal government. As such, Senator Wyden will play a deciding role in how trade policy moves forward in this country.

Please sign our “floppy disk” petition urging Senator Wyden to use his power to put an end to Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and future trade agreements.

Senator Wyden has repeatedly called for transparency in the TPP negotiations. At a constituent event this month, he promised to continue pushing for it, and over two years ago, he wrote our Oregon affiliate saying, “U.S. trade negotiators should be required to — at a minimum — share with the public the proposals they are putting forward, as they put them forward, in negotiations. Obama’s trade negotiators cannot be allowed to shroud their goals in secret because, after all, they are supposed to be negotiating on our behalf — on behalf of workers and everyone who simply seeks to make a decent income for an honest day’s work.”

Now Senator Wyden is in a position to make transparency in U.S. trade negotiations a reality. The first step is abandoning the outdated and inappropriate Fast Track mechanism, which allows trade negotiators to keep their proposals hidden from the public until after pacts are signed, amendments are prohibited and changes become all be impossible.

Fast Track was first cooked up during the Nixon Administration, when trade policy primarily covered tariffs, quotas and customs practices. As questionable as rushing trade agreements through Congress was back in the 1970s, it is clearly ill-suited for modern times when trade deals also cover energy policy, Internet protocols, medicine patents, labor rights, environmental protections, government procurement, financial regulations and more.

A healthy economy, environment and democracy — whether locally, nationally or globally — require transparent and participatory public policy-making, not obsolete Congressional rubber-stamps.

TAKE ACTION: Sign our “floppy disk” petition urging Senator Wyden to say NO to Fast Track for the TPP and other trade pacts. Your electronic petition signature will be printed out, adhered to an old-fashioned 5.25″ floppy disk and hand-delivered to Senator Wyden’s office to drive home the point that Fast Track outdated and needs to come to an end.

Thanks to your efforts, our campaign to end Fast Track has been incredibly successful in recent months. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have both spoken out against it — and even Vice President Joe Biden has admitted that Fast Track faces an uphill battle.

As new chair of the committee that decides whether or not Fast Track will move forward, Senator Wyden is in a position to retire this obsolete and undemocratic policy-making procedure once-and-for-all. Please help us defeat Fast Track by signing the petition to Senator Wyden now.

Click here to sign the petition. It should be pointed out that Senator Wyden on all economic issues has sided with Wall Street and the 1 percent against the 99 percent 100 percent of the time. Don’t let this weasal do it again. Sign the petition now

As a final note it should be pointed out that these free trade treaties are primarily designed to push US wages down, ship jobs overseas, and create jobs overseas that would otherwise be created in the USA. The difference between the old higher US wages and the new lower overseas wages is redistributed into the pockets of the 1 percent. Wyden is not the dumb idiot he pretends to be. He knows this.

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