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Thu Jun 20, 2013, 10:45 AM

Elizabeth Warren: Poutrage or Hate? [View all]

Wow Elizabeth Warren seems upset about this "secret" trade deal going down. So is it poutrage or hate? Is she a racist? Or is this something I am "allowed" to disagree with Obama on?

http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/sen-warren-opposes-obamas-nominee-tra

"I asked the President's nominee to be Trade Representative -- Michael Froman - three questions: First, would he commit to releasing the composite bracketed text? Or second, if not, would he commit to releasing just a scrubbed version of the bracketed text that made anonymous which country proposed which provision. (Note: Even the Bush Administration put out the scrubbed version during negotiations around the Free Trade Area of the Americas agreement.)

Third, I asked Mr. Froman if he would provide more transparency behind what information is made to the trade office's outside advisors. Currently, there are about 600 outside advisors that have access to sensitive information, and the roster includes a wide diversity of industry representatives and some labor and NGO representatives too. But there is no transparency around who gets what information and whether they all see the same things, and I think that's a real problem.

Mr. Froman's response was clear: No, no, no. He will not commit to make this information available so the public can track what is going on.

I am voting against Mr. Froman's nomination later today because I believe we need a new direction from the Trade Representative -- A direction that prioritizes transparency and public debate. The American people have the right to know more about the negotiations that will have dramatic impact on the future of the American economy. And that will have a dramatic impact on our working men and women, on the environment, on the Internet."


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