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Mon Jun 29, 2015, 11:00 PM

This *might* make you feel better about the TPP (& thank you Sen Sherrod Bown!)

TPA is an arrow through the heart of Democracy, there is no way to sugar coat it into a "good" thing. However, I really love that Sen Brown introduced a Leveling the Playing Field Act to be included in future trade deals passing through the TPA process.

If we have to swallow the TPP & TTIP, this doesn't fix all the many problems with it, but it makes it go down easier. At least for me.

From a Sherrod Brown email today~

How Trade Changes Today

Today, President Barack Obama will sign into law two pieces of legislation that will change international trade and US jobs forever.

First will be a renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), allowing the President to expedite large trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and bring them to Congress for a simple yes-or-no vote.

Second is an extension of tariff preferences for developing countries. It includes renewal of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brownís (D-OH) Leveling the Playing Field Act, which will help American manufacturers fight back against foreign suppliers who break international trade rules.

During the past several months, Sen. Brown led the fight against TPA legislation, urging his Senate colleagues to put American workers and manufacturers first in any trade agreement. Supporters of TPA have been making all the same promises we heard in the past.

While trade is essential for American manufacturers and jobs, past American trade policies have amounted to bad trade deals that put corporate interests ahead of working families. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) supporters claimed it would create 200,000 jobs in just two years, but it actually cost the U.S. more than 680,000 net jobs. The last thing America needs is another NAFTA.


Sen. Brown before TPA vote.

Trade policy should support American workers. Sen. Brown was pleased that Congress renewed TAA, which is a critical lifeline for workers who lose their job because of these bad trade deals. Sen. Brown was also proud to see his legislation, the Leveling the Playing Field Act, make it to the Presidentís desk. This bill will be crucial in fighting back against foreign companies who receive illegal subsidies from their government or dump their products in the American market at below market-price.

Sen. Brown doesnít believe, however, that Congress should rubber stamp another trade deal that sends U.S. jobs overseas. Thatís why Sen. Brown voted against TPA, and why last week he took to the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to put working families first in any trade legislation. Now that Congress is limited to a simple yes-or-no vote on trade agreements, Sen. Brown will continue to monitor TPP negotiations and push the Administration to protect the livelihoods of American workers.


Thanks Sherrod! (That's my Senator!! woot!)

Why aren't you running for president???

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Reply This *might* make you feel better about the TPP (& thank you Sen Sherrod Bown!) (Original post)
RiverLover Jun 2015 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2015 #1
Betty Karlson Jun 2015 #5
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2015 #7
RiverLover Jun 2015 #10
Katashi_itto Jun 2015 #2
rhett o rick Jun 2015 #3
RiverLover Jun 2015 #11
SamKnause Jun 2015 #4
joshcryer Jun 2015 #6
merrily Jun 2015 #9
RiverLover Jun 2015 #12
merrily Jun 2015 #8
RiverLover Jun 2015 #13
merrily Jun 2015 #14

Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 11:18 PM

1. He IS a treasure, I agree!

He's not running for President (so I hear) because his wife threatened to divorce him if he did! I suspect he really doesn't want to be President, anyway...

He's one hell of a great Senator!

I'm pleased he's watching out and working for our best interests as best he can.

K&R

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 01:53 AM

5. Warren and Brown are a good start for setting the tone in a Democratic-controlled senate, no? n/t

 

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Response to Betty Karlson (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 02:06 AM

7. I think so! n/t

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Response to Betty Karlson (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 06:04 AM

10. I like that!

From your lips. We need that senate back!

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 11:28 PM

2. K&R!

 

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 12:36 AM

3. Support Sen Sanders. nm

 

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 06:05 AM

11. Definitely, its time for Bernie! /nt

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 01:00 AM

4. That's my Senator.

Vote for the candidate that has never voted

for a Free Trade Deal.

Vote for the candidate that believes Trade Deals

should benefit the workers of the U.S. and the

countries we trade with.

Vote for the candidate that has the backing of unions.

Vote for the candidate that supports $15.00 per hour

minimum wage.

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 02:06 AM

6. TPP's biggest problem is environmental.

Unfortunately this does nothing to stem the environmental damage it is going to cause. China has done a lot of illegal crap in this vein (see: solar panel controversy).

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 04:28 AM

9. Not sure that's its biggest problem, but this issue is moot anyway.

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 06:13 AM

12. Thanks, that article shows exactly what Brown is wanting to avoid.

I remember that. B*stards. But we don't need a foreign country to try to wreck our solar panel market now, we have governors like Kasich & Walker to do it from home. (also b*stards!!)

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 04:26 AM

8. My Senator is not running for President either.

SHE'S NOT RUNNING!111!!!

But a Senator from a neighboring state is.

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Response to merrily (Reply #8)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 06:14 AM

13. LOL!!

I may never get over that heartbreak...

But we're lucky to have that other senator, he's the real deal!!

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Response to RiverLover (Reply #13)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 06:57 AM

14. Sanders is definitely real.

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