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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Trade Transparency Act is Blocked by Senate GOP

Bend Over & Spread 'Em

  • As a Constitutional Conservative I am pissed that the Obama "Free Trade" Agreement remains classified on orders from both the Democrats and Republicans.  
  • The Elites that really run America do not want those uneducated commoners in the local villages to get wind of yet more millions of jobs that will be shipped overseas.
  • It is an illusion that there are two parties in Washington who oppose each other.  Like with the unconstitutional NSA spying we see both parties lock arms to centralize control of the nation for their Masters on Wall Street.

Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Joe Manchin of West Virginia introduced S.1381 on May 19, 2015, which would have required President Obama to de-classify the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement for at least 60 days before being voted on by Congress.

(Daily Kos)  -  The battle between organized labor, progressive Democrats and President Obama over the Trans Pacific Partnership continued on Thursday when U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Joe Machin filed the Trade Transparency Act, a bill requiring that the public and Congress have at least 60 days to review and debate any trade legislation before being moved to the floor for a vote.

The move was intended to highlight the issue many Americans see with continuing to categorize trade negotiations as classified, especially when it effects the personal finances of millions of workers and business owners alike.

Senators are forced to go into a classified viewing room in order to read the full text of the document, but are not allowed to bring in key staff or take notes on what is included in the bill text.

Not only this, but as you would assume for classified documents, elected officials are unable to speak to anyone without proper security clearance about the specific details of the trade negotiations without suffering potential criminal legal ramifications. This becomes a serious issue when dealing with complicated and technical negotiations regarding the largest trade deal in American history.  It also raises serious questions about the legislative process and democracy generally when the public is unable to view the content of a bill introduced in Congress, but foreign government officials and private corporations are.

Joe Marchin summarized the stance against TPP by saying, "If this bill is as good for the American worker as proponents have claimed, then the administration and anybody else should not find it objectionable to see the details before Congress is forced to grant the
President trade promotion authority."

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