25 Nov '13, 6pm

Pushing a secret trade deal through Congress with no oversight

Pushing a secret trade deal through Congress with no oversight

By Ilana Solomon, Director of the Sierra Club's Responsible Trade Program . Right now there's a push to strip Congress of its ability to ensure that trade pacts protect communities, our families, and the environment. The promoted legislation, called "fast track," or trade promotion authority, would allow the President to submit flawed trade deals to Congress for a simple yes-or-no vote, with no amendments allowed and limited debate. In other words, Congress would surrender its chances to make bad deals better. Fast track could lead to the quiet and expedited passage of dangerous trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), with little review, debate, or Congressional oversight. Thankfully, some in Congress are standing up against this pressure from those whose pockets are lined by major international companies. Last week, 151 House Democrats a...

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