During his campaigning days back in 2008, President Obama promised to rewrite NAFTA. Even Hillary at the time modestly admitted that there were mistakes made when this terrible agreement was drafted back in the 1990s. Of course, those pronouncements ended up leading to zero action on reforming NAFTA from this administration -- another victim of political "Pinocchio syndrome."
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 15, 2015) — Fast Track passed, but Fast Track failed.
On Friday, June 12, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives attempted to approve “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority sought by President Obama but opposed by most Democrats, most voters, and labor, environmental and consumer protection interests. Because the legislation was broken up into separate bills, the defeat of one key piece of legislation doomed the entire package.
Democratic Arizona House members rejected a last-minute, personal plea from President Barack Obama and voted Friday to sidetrack trade legislation.
All four Arizona Democrats — Reps.Ann Kirkpatrick, Raúl Grijalva,Ruben Gallegom and Kyrsten Sinema — voted against a trade adjustment assistance program to help workers who lose their jobs because of trade deals.
WASHINGTON, June 13 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday urged lawmakers to give his trade agenda a second chance and support a bill that would provide training to American workers who see their jobs shipped overseas.The measure is part of legislation that also includes the "fast-track" authority that Obama needs to finish negotiating a free trade deal with Pacific Rim nations.
Report details how corporate lobbyists mobilized to stop the EU from regulating hormone disrupting chemicals known to have significant health and environmental impacts
Under pressure from the U.S. and agrochemical industry lobbyists and amid ongoing negotiations for a controversial trade deal, the European Union dropped planned rules that could have led to the banning of 31 pesticides containing hazardous chemicals, a new investigative report has revealed.
Activists opposed to President Barack Obama's free-trade deal increased pressure Wednesday on U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., to vote against it.
About 40 protesters chanted and held signs outside the congresswoman's Phoenix district office, then marched inside and delivered letters and speeches to her staff.
Roosevelt Institute Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz sent a letter to House and Senate leadership raising concerns about the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision being considered as part of our trade negotiations. He notes that both progressives and conservatives have come out against this provision.
With the first round of appropriations bills and a possible budget conference report on the House floor this week, the chamber’s progressive contingent is looking farther down the road at the storm brewing over so-called Trade Promotion Authority, or “fast track.”
President Obama must be having trouble getting the votes for fast-track authority since the administration is now pulling out all the stops to push the deal. This has included a press call where he apparently got testy over the charge by critics that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secret trade deal.
So, someone hands you a beer, but instead of it being a recognizable brand, it's in a totally blacked-out can with nothing but the letters "TPP" printed on it.
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New report details perverse policies that are driving more people into hopeless, inescapable poverty.