As trade negotiators rush to complete the massive new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement, we need your help encouraging our elected officials to stand up and declare an end to business-as-usual trade policy.
Senator Jeff Merkley has always been a leading trade justice champion. Please email Senator Merkley now and urge him to cosponsor critical fair trade legislation called The 21st Century Trade and Market Access Act to ensure we aren't saddled with a new "NAFTA of the Pacific."
As you may know, the Trans-Pacific Partnership
is poised to become the largest Free Trade Agreement in U.S. history.
Approximately 600 corporate lobbyists have been granted access to the
TPP negotiating texts, while you and I have been barred from even
reviewing what U.S. negotiators have been proposing in our names.
First introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, The 21st Century Trade and Market Access Act
reasserts Congressional and public oversight over the TPP and future
trade policies. It sets a range of binding negotiating requirements
regarding labor rights, the environment, food safety and other
provisions that are needed to ensure that the TPP and other pacts
actually improve life for ordinary working people in Oregon and
throughout the world.
The bill also establishes commonsense compliance reporting mechanisms
and export promotion activities in order to maximize the job creation
potential of U.S. trade agreements — transforming "job creation" and
"human rights" in U.S. trade policy from cynical hype into reality.
Senator Merkley and other U.S. Senators need to hear from you. Please email Senator Merkley now and urge him to cosponsor this important trade reform legislation.
Arthur Stamoulis, Executive Director
OREGON FAIR TRADE CAMPAIGN