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Concerns over proposed trade agreement

Date published: 3/3/2014

Concerns over proposed trade agreement

Wow, if you think Obamacare is a disaster because our elected lawmakers failed to do their job and read, understand and modify what is in its pages, then you had better hold onto your shorts for the next iteration of legislative ineptness.

In 2013, Obama requested that Congress reauthorize the Trade Promotion Authority, which expired in 2007. On Jan. 9, the Congressional Trade Priorities Act was introduced to the Senate to do exactly that.

To quote from a recent email from Sen. Kaine: "Trade Promotion Authority legislation helps to expedite trade negotiations, enables Congress to define trade negotiating objectives, authorizes the president to enter into trade agreements and allows these agreements to be considered under expedited legislative procedures."

Nowhere is it mentioned that Congress is required to read, understand, debate and/or modify trade agreements to meet the requirements of our Constitution and the national interests of our citizens.

The trade agreement that President Obama desires to give unhindered authority to negotiate using the TPA is the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. This agreement has been in the making since 2008 involving nine Pacific Rim nations and any number of international mega-corporations along with their economic requirements and special interests.

If you search the Internet for the Congressional Trade Priorities Act, you will find page upon page of corporate support; this speaks volumes about economic interests and their desire to deny Congress control of the details of all future trade agreements.

Lilburn Stout