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28 House Democrats voted to Fast-Track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which means there can be no amendments, limited debate and a simple "up and down" vote.
People Demanding Action has been working against the TPP since our founding in late 2015; before that we were part of the original Sunday TPP calls that started back in June of 2013. TPP was a bad deal for the American people in 2013 and it hasn't gotten better with age, which is why it must be defeated.
We all know that leadership comes with certain perks but it also comes with tremendous responsibility. That's why People Demanding Action is joining with our partner, CREDO, in demanding that Secretary Clinton lead against any lame-duck vote on the TPP.
Petition to Democratic presidential nominee Sec. Hillary Clinton:
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John Podesta, the Chairman of Sec. Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, recently said that Clinton "opposes TPP BEFORE and AFTER the election."1 But to stop the overwhelming corporate pressure to ram through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through this Congress deal, we need help from Sec. Clinton herself.
The last hope for the supporters of the disastrous trade deal may well be a vote in the lame-duck session of Congress after the November elections. Thanks to hundreds of thousands of CREDO members, the tide is turning against the TPP. Both Sec. Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders opposed the trade deal during the Democratic presidential primary. Many Republicans now oppose it as well. But despite the pressure, President Obama is stubbornly continuing to push for a vote this year.
Sec. Clinton herself has yet to make a public statement opposing a lame-duck vote. That's why we are joining our friends at Democracy for America to ask Sec. Clinton to take the lead against a lame-duck vote for the job-killing TPP.
Negotiated for years behind closed-doors with the aid of hundreds of corporate advisors, while the public and press were shut out, the TPP would offshore good-paying U.S. jobs – and drive down wages in the jobs that are left – by pitting American workers against highly exploited workers making less than 65 cents an hour in Asian countries.
The TPP would also raise medicine prices by giving big pharmaceutical companies new monopoly rights to keep lower-cost generic drugs off the market.
If that weren't enough, the TPP would also provide oil, gas and mining corporations new tools to challenge policies designed to tackle climate change, both at home and abroad.
While President Obama has been using his bully pulpit to wage an all-out campaign to pressure the Congress to pass the TPP this year, both Democratic presidential candidates – Sec. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders – announced their opposition to a lame-duck vote on the TPP, which they have denounced as dangerous to our economy, public health and the environment.2
Now that Sec. Clinton is the Democratic nominee – and with TPP supporters gearing up for a final desperate push – we need to let her know we are counting on her to take the lead in opposing a lame-duck vote.
We can't afford this back-room deal that puts corporate interests ahead of human needs on jobs and wages, human rights, access to medicine, climate change and more.
While Congress cannot amend or filibuster the TPP, they do still have to vote yes or no on it. Already, some Republicans have come out against this awful deal, so if we are able to confront the big money interests behind this treaty with an onslaught of grassroots opposition, convincing Sec. Clinton to lead the way, we can win.
Sec. Clinton's top campaign official has signaled that she opposes a vote. But if she makes her own public statement, it will send an urgently needed and powerful message to wavering Democrats.
Tell Sec. Clinton: Publicly oppose a lame-duck vote on TPP. Click below to sign the petition:
Thank you for speaking out,
Murshed Zaheed, Political Director
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