My congressman is Representative Rob Wittman (VA-01). Here is what emailed to my congressman at house.gov
I appreciate your opposition to giving the president fast-track authority for the TPP, and I would like you to continue that opposition. I have several reasons for this.
- We don’t need trade deals. All free trade involves is opening our markets. If another government insists upon giving its merchants government aid, we can protect our home industries by taxing their products or setting quotas on what we import from them. On the other hand, if another government opens its markets, we can reciprocate, and we can do this without any treaties or trade agreements. All we have to do is establish and implement a consistent policy.
- Trade deals provide an opportunity to abuse power. Politicians use trade deals to pay off constituencies. That includes foreign interests, even foreign governments who help to finance them.
- President Obama’s track record shows he cannot be trusted not to abuse fast-track authority.
- Trade deals have a history of being used to interfere in the affairs of other nations. That includes environmental and labor laws. That gives other nations an incentive to interfere with our laws. Why would we want to let other nations do that?
The bottom-line is keep it simple (KISS). Fast-track authority complicates an otherwise simple process. We treat our neighbors the way we want them to treat us.
Unfortunately, the devious proponents for giving the president fast-track authority for the TPP have not given up, Trade pact proponents claim new momentum.
House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the calculation quickly: If Congress didn’t act swiftly to send President Barack Obama a fast-track trade bill, it might never get done.
With that in mind, the Democratic president and the two Republican leaders embarked on their most intense bipartisan negotiating spree in recent memory, speaking on private conference calls, scheduling meetings with supportive Democrats and plotting a process to advance Obama’s top agenda item over the finish line. The back channeling, combined with some complex procedural machinations, might allow the House and Senate to clear both Trade Promotion Authority and Trade Adjustment Assistance before the Fourth of July recess. (continued here)
That’s why Delegate Bob Marshall sent this email out Monday. He says we each need to contact our congressman.
NAFTA promised hundreds of thousands of US jobs and US trade surpluses which did not materialize. The same promises are being made for the Trans Pacific Partnership!
TPA, TPP and TAA
TPA stands for Trade Promotion Authority, also known as “fast track,” by which Congress approves trade agreements up or down without amendments. This bill paves the way for faster approval of the Trans Pacific Partnership. The vote scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday June 16th, HR 1314, will be on the TPA.
TAA is the Trade Adjustment Assistance which retrains American workers who lose jobs because of the Trans Pacific Partnership. Unions favor it. The House rejected the TAA last week. According to Breitbart News, the assistance will be paid for by fines on small businesses, “that for no fault of their own, they forget to file a piece of paperwork telling the IRS how much someone else owes on their taxes.”
TPP stands for Trans-Pacific Partnership, a specific trade agreement being negotiated by the United States with other countries since 2009. No final vote has taken place on TPP.
Although future amendments to the TPP (the actual trade deal) would have to be approved by Congress after initial passage of the TPP, my question is, will Congress stand up to foreign nations or the U.S. Chamber of Commerce? Let’s look at the record.
Country of Origin Labels Voted Down
“The House voted late Wednesday to remove country-of-origin labels on beef, pork and chicken sold in the U.S. … Wednesday’s 300-131 vote repealing the country-of-origin labels for meat follows a series of rulings by the World Trade Organization finding the labeling discriminates against animals imported from Canada and Mexico. …
Canada has threatened trade restrictions on a range of U.S. products, including meat, wine, chocolate, jewelry and furniture. … Country-of-origin labels … were mandated by Congress in … 2002 and 2008 … and require meatpackers to identify where animals are born, raised and slaughtered. The information is then printed on meat packages sold in grocery stores.”
My wife always reads the food labels! Polls show consumers overwhelmingly favor such labels. Shouldn’t we be allowed to know where our meat comes from? Congress does not always follow the wishes of “we the people!”
Congress Caves on Reining in Obama’s Amnesty
Another example: In the fall of 2014, Congress voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security through February, 2015 (other agencies were funded for a full year.) Speaker Boehner assured us that after January, 2015, when the Republicans would control both Houses, Obama’s amnesty policies would be curtailed by a Budget amendment.
However, in March, 2015, the Republican controlled House and Senate voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security 257 Yeas to 167 Nays WITHOUT a ban on the use of tax money to implement Obama’s Executive Amnesty for persons illegally in the US.
In 1993, President Clinton, supported by former presidents Ford, Carter and Bush assured Americans that NAFTA would increase jobs in the United States.
Instead, manufacturing jobs have shrunk dramatically in the United States while trade deficits skyrocketed. Can President Obama give better assurances that TPP will not follow NAFTA’s record?
Congress’ Record Leaves Little Doubt it will Cave Again
Why should anyone think Congress will reject a Trade proposal supported by the US Chamber of Commerce? HR 1314 paves the way to approving the Trans Pacific Partnership by giving the President “Fast Track” authority to negotiate the trade deal. Urge your Congressman to vote against HR 1314. The vote is likely to come up Tuesday, June 16th..
(Sorry for my typo in my previous Alert. I typed “TPA” instead of “TPP” but all quotes and links were accurate.)
Please contact your Representative through the links or at the phone or fax below:
Rob Wittman (R – 01) 202-225-4261 202-225-4382
Scott Rigell (R – 02) 202-225-4215 202-225-4218
Bobby Scott (D – 03) 202-225-8351 202-225-8354
J. Randy Forbes (R – 04) 202-225-6365 202-226-1170
Robert Hurt (R – 05) 202-225-4711 202-225-5681
Bob Goodlatte (R – 06) 202-225-5431 202-225-9681
David Brat (R – 07) 202-225-2815 202-225-0011
Don Beyer (D – 08) 202-225-4376 202-225-0017
Morgan Griffith (R – 09) 202-225-3861 202-225-0076 .
Barbara Comstock (R – 10) 202-225-5136 202-225-0437
Gerald E. (Gerry) Connolly (D – 11) 202-225-1492 202-225-3071
Thank you so much for your help!
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