The media has been pushing a line, following Republican victory in last week's midterm election, that the one area where Barack Obama and a now GOP-controlled Senate might find room for compromise is trade, especially the approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, a twelve nation deal.

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Though president once railed against so-called "free trade" agreements, he has now become outspoken champion of secretive deals that critics call attack on democracy, workers, and the planet.

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TPP countries are already important export markets for the U.S. meat industry, but the industry believes that a new trade agreement would put those exports into overdrive,' report says

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Over two dozen people gathered at the office of Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO2) in Boulder to protest against “fast track” trade promotion authority for the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade treaty.  Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center and Communications Workers of America coordinated the rally representatives from several environmental, political, and labor organizations.
 
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I'd be surprised if a single voter cast their ballot on Tuesday so multinational corporations could exempt themselves from national laws. I don’t remember one TV ad framing the election as a chance to raise prescription drug prices in poor countries, or to stop the government from buying American-made goods - See more at: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2014/11/07/GOP-Obama-Compromise-Would-Mean-Scary-Win-Big-Business#sthash.G2f9zZiH.dpuf

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What could conservative Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann and Walter Jones and liberal Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro possibly agree on? They all want to limit President Barack Obama’s ability to “fast-track” international trade deals. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, nearly 600 organizations led by the Sierra Club, AFL-CIO, the Communications Workers of America, the Citizens Trade Campaign, and Public Citizen sent a letter to Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) firmly rejecting fast-track trade promotion authority and calling for a new system for negotiating and implementing trade agreements.

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Sunday, 21 September 2014 01:24

Transparency and the TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership should not be under consideration for Fast Track. The trade agreement is being negotiated between the United States, Mexico, Canada and several countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Passage of TPP is an Obama administration goal; it has been discussed and altered for years.

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Union representatives from affiliates of Public Services International (PSI), including the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, will make their case mid-week to Finance Committee Democrats that pending trade agreements are presenting a threat to workers in public service sectors by opening them up to privatization through multinational companies.

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