Fast Track legislation passed in the Senate and House committees this week. We must take urgent action to stop the vote!
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On Wednesday night, fast track legislation was passed in the Senate Finance Committee with only Senators Schumer, Stabenow, Menendez, Brown, Casey and Burr opposing it.
On Thursday, after ten hours of debate, fast track passed in the House Ways and Means committee with 25 votes.
The fast track bill that passed was amended to be even worse than we anticipated. Click here for more information on it.
Next, fast track heads to the floor of the House where all of the representatives will vote on it. We must stop fast track from passing there! That's why it's time to stop the vote!
Please share these memes on your Facebook page by clicking on them to encourage everyone to call Congress today and every day until we are certain that fast track is dead.
This is a critical period to Stop Fast Track and we all need to do everything we can to keep the pressure on members of Congress.
Here are some things to do!
2. Visit your representative's office and deliver the message in person. This can be done with a meeting or a protest at their office. Here are some tips!
4. Join the National Fast Track Resistance Weekly Calls.
5. Join the Rapid Response Team to take action in Washington D.C. Email Mackenzie@PopularResistance.org
6. Share this information widely!
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With thanks for all you do,
The Flush the TPP Team
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Bits and pieces of every bad Internet policy we’ve ever defeated are being rolled into one massive, secret deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- and last week, legislators introduced a bill to Fast Track its negotiations.
Dear Fight for the Future member,
If you’re not quite sure yet why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is so bad, read on below.
If you already understand that it’s one of the gravest threats to the Internet we’ve faced, click here, join the Internet Vote, and help us make sure Congress gets flooded with calls and emails on Thursday demanding they oppose the TPP.
I want to apologize in advance for how long the rest of this email is -- it’s just that when it comes to the TPP, there’s no shortage of reasons we need to stop it.
The biggest problem with the Trans-Pacific Partnership is that there’s absolutely no public oversight. The only way we know what’s in the TPP right now is from leaks of specific chapters -- and if Fast Track passes, not only won’t we get more details about the TPP, Congress will have to give a single thumbs up or down to the entire thing.
That means we won’t be able to push for specific items to be removed from the deal -- we’ll be stuck with the whole thing, so as of right now the Trans-Pacific Partnership will do all of the following:
In short, the TPP isn’t just bad — it’s zombie bad. It has parts of every misguided Internet policy we’ve killed over the last decade trying to become law by completely bypassing every part of our democratic process.
That’s why we’re calling Thursday the Internet Vote -- because putting a secret deal like the Trans-Pacific Partnership on a Fast Track is absurdly undemocratic. There’s no public oversight, and to us, that’s just not okay. The Internet Vote is the opposite of that -- a day to remind lawmakers that transparency and openness are how politics are supposed to work.
Here are a few ways you can help beyond signing up:
Thanks for standing up for an open Internet,
Fight for the Future
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It might sound forceful and effective.
But it’s really a devious and disastrous maneuver that lets a president cut the public and Congress out of policymaking while sacrificing critical public interest protections through closed-door negotiations with foreign governments.
Maybe it’s enough to tell you that Richard Nixon cooked it up.
Or that it’s how we got the utter failure known as NAFTA.
Well, a bill was introduced TODAY to revive Nixon’s Fast Track scheme in order to force through the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP — a 12-nation pact spanning four continents that has been aptly described as NAFTA on steroids.
Fast Track is a relic of the 1970s.
It wasn’t even a good idea then, when trade negotiations were mostly about quotas and tariffs. Besides cutting us out, it gave a special insider role to more than 500 official U.S. trade advisors representing corporate interests.
And now, “trade” agreements like the TPP are vastly more wide-ranging — with a thousand pages of retrograde rules that have nothing to do with trade. We would be required to change our federal, state and local policies to meet their terms, or face trade sanctions.
Fast Track would freeze out our elected representatives, at both the federal and state level, and deliver a Big Business wish list of rollbacks and deregulation, as well as new privileges that would offshore even more of our jobs.
Here’s just some of what’s threatened by Fast Track and the TPP: food safety, access to medicines, financial protections, Internet freedom, clean energy, consumer safeguards, environmental laws, buy-local policies, and on and on and on.
Past Fast Tracked “trade” agreements have a devastating record, including two decades of extensive job-killing trade deficits, the loss of five million manufacturing jobs, downward pressure on wages, attacks on environmental and health laws, and floods of unsafe imported food.
We must chart a new course.
The TPP is a far-reaching ploy to establish global rules that would disempower We the People for the benefit of giant, multinational corporations.
It would even give corporations special rights to sue governments in foreign tribunals to demand taxpayer compensation over public interest policies they claim cut into their profits. Recently, Senator Elizabeth Warren, a fiery opponent of Fast Track, took to the Senate floor to spotlight this dangerous kind of corporate super-personhood.
To protect the values we care about, we must stop the TPP.
It’s as simple as that.
And the key to stopping the TPP is stopping Fast Track.
If the TPP had to stand up to public scrutiny and normal congressional oversight, it would not survive.
It’s up to each and every one of us to make sure our members of Congress know we’re counting on them NOT to Fast Track damaging deals like the TPP.
Thank you for taking action against Fast Track today.
President, Public Citizen
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