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Trade Confusion—!!!

Today was a significant day but the battle is not over on the #TransPacificPartnership trade agreement. It really is unbelievable how confusing all the jargon has become, I mean #TPP, #TPA, #TAA, #TISA………??? Really?

I am completely and totally opposed to this bill! The lack of transparency blows my mind! I wrote on this bill a couple weeks ago-you can catch up here.

Two big votes took place today, here’s the scoop! First the House voted down the TAA Bill 126-302, which was the Trade Assistance Adjustment -this was slipped into the bill to appeal to Democrats -but they didn’t bite it-which is good! This bill was to provide government assistance to those workers who are displaced in the trade agreement.The 2nd Bill voted on today was the #TPA-which passed in a 219-211 vote. The TPA-Trade Promotion Authority gives the fast track to pass the TPP -Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement with an up or down vote-no amendments no filibusters. The TPP also includes a “living agreement” clause, allowing Obama to change the Bill once it’s passed by Congress-crazy right? The trade bill also has immigration reform shoved into it, along with climate change mumbo jumbo! Paul Ryan said: “It’s declassified and made public once it’s agreed to.” Whaaaaaat? Ummm hello Nancy Pelosi-flash back -“let’s pass Obama Care to see what’s in it!”

The TPA did pass, but in order for the Transpacific Partnership Trade to move forward, both the TAA and the TPA had to pass-which didn’t happen. Boehner, is calling for a re-vote of the TAA on Tuesday of next week…..I can just imagine the panic to whip votes right now in DC!

Why are so many Republicans for it? The ‘US Business Coalition for TPP” shelled out over $1,148,971 to US Senators a few weeks ago, who knows what they gave to House Members today. The Business Coalition for TPP is largely funded by Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, GE and Halliburton to name a few…..

Here’s the link to the list of how your House Reps voted, were they bought?

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll362.xml

A Congress For the People…By the People….ummmm not so much…… #TransPacificPartnership #TPA

The Senate voted to give Obama “fast track” powers to passing the “Trans Pacific Partnership Bill” on Friday with a vote of 62 to 37.

On a day we celebrate those who have fallen to protect our individual liberties, I find it extremely concerning that our Senate would pass a bill-now headed to the House that completely shuts out WE THE PEOPLE!

What is the TPP? In short it is a bill that gives Obama accelerated authority to enter into a trade agreement with Pacific Rim countries -known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Sounds harmless right? I mean why am I flipping out over this?

Well, for starters WE THE PEOPLE are not allowed to know anything about it-that’s right ……did I time warp to the USSR!???

“For any senator who wants to study the draft TPP language, it has been made available in the basement of the Capitol, inside a secure, soundproof room. There, lawmakers surrender their cellphones and other mobile devices. Any notes taken inside the room must be left in the room.” NPR.org. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat??? So wait a minute a Senator, who is to represent WE THE PEOPLE, can’t tell WE THE PEOPLE what’s in the Bill that they have now decided to pass???

This bill also includes TPA: Trade Promotion Authority which says Obama can submit a trade deal to Congress for an up or down vote with limited debate AND Congress can’t amend it, taking power away from Congress is taking power away from YOU and ME!

The Obama administration is keeping the information of the Bill in total secret, and prohibiting ANY discussion of the bill. Obama then is asking those that are critics of the Bill (Democrat Elizabeth Warren-who proposed a bill to disclose the info in the TPP to the public so that WE THE PEOPLE can know what’s in it, fyi: which was rejected) to name specifics of why they are critics of it………….ummmm hello, they can’t name specifics because they are being prohibited to speak specifically about it! Honestly!!! Have I entered Communist China??? Have I…..is this all a horrible dream??

Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio said: “There is more access in most cases to CIA and Defense Department and Iran sanctions documents — better access to congressional staff and others — than for this trade agreement.”

This isn’t a partisan issue….this isn’t Republicans vs Democrats issue here….this is a violation of the Americans Rights to transparency!

Please…..for the love, don’t tell me that you trust our government to make the right call here!

I don’t care if this bill is about picking apples off an apple tree-WE THE PEOPLE should KNOW WHAT’S IN IT!!!!

For your info, these are the guys in the Senate that voted to give Obama MORE power and voted FOR the Trade Bill…..huh….I wonder what the House will do??

Tpp Bill