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Mon Jun 11, 2012, 07:48 PM

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Sherrod Brown Urges Transparency for “NAFTA for Asia”

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Sherrod Brown Urges Transparency for “NAFTA for Asia”
By: David Dayen Monday June 11, 2012 2:40 pm

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) concerned about secrecy of Asian trade pact talks

Some Senate Democrats and even some Republicans are concerned about a controversial trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which critics have denounced as “NAFTA for Asia.” And they are making their opinions known to the Obama Administration about the relative secrecy under which the deal is being negotiated.



As first reported by Zach Carter of the Huffington Post, Sen. Ron Wyden, the chair of a key Senate subcommittee on international trade, was denied access by the Office of US Trade Representative to any of the draft documents of the TPP. Eventually, after introducing legislation to try and force openness on the process, Wyden did gain access, but his staff did not, including those with key insight on trade policy.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/07/obama-trade-deal-democrat_n_1578827.html

That’s better than nothing, Wyden spokeswoman Jennifer Hoelzer told HuffPost, but not helpful from a practical standpoint, given that congressional staff perform much of the legislative work on Capitol Hill.

“I would point out how insulting it is for them to argue that members of Congress are to personally go over to USTR to view the trade documents,” Hoelzer said. “An advisor at Halliburton or the MPAA is given a password that allows him or her to go on the USTR website and view the TPP agreement anytime he or she wants.”

The general public and most nonprofit organizations have no access to the documents, although a number of corporate officials can see them.


Now a letter is being circulated on the Hill, though language has not been finalized, demanding that USTR chief Ron Kirk provide more transparency to the process and allow Congress to oversee their work on TPP. The letter will call on Kirk to immediately post summaries of all the proposals for TPP on the USTR website. This is only the latest action for additional transparency, the boldest of which was Darrell Issa leaking the entire intellectual property chapter on his website.

I spoke with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a longtime opponent of NAFTA-style trade deals who is organizing the effort to open up TPP, at the Netroots Nation conference in Providence, RI. He expressed concern about two major areas of the trade pact being negotiated between the US and a series of Asian and Pacific nations. First, he highlighted the investor-state relations element of recent trade deals, where companies are given the capacity to override existing public health and safety standards inside other countries by virtue of the trade agreement.


More at:
http://news.firedoglake.com/2012/06/11/trans-pacific-partnership-sherrod-brown-urges-transparency-for-nafta-for-asia/


And Zach Carter at:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/07/obama-trade-deal-democrat_n_1578827.html

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KoKo Jun 2012 OP
MadHound Jun 2012 #1
msongs Jun 2012 #2
Gold Metal Flake Jun 2012 #3
Hell Hath No Fury Jun 2012 #4
Gold Metal Flake Jun 2012 #5
woo me with science Jun 2012 #6
KoKo Jun 2012 #7
KoKo Jun 2012 #8
KoKo Jun 2012 #9
KoKo Jun 2012 #10

Response to KoKo (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:00 PM

1. There goes what's left of our manufacturing sector,

 

And probably a good chunk of our service sector as well. At least until US labor costs are "competitive" with those in Asia and elsewhere in the third world.

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Response to MadHound (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:23 PM

2. and your sovereignty - you can now be sued by foreign governments for

violating terms of a trade pact to which you are not a party in any way. welcome to obamanomics, though to be fair, it is also bushonomics and clintononomics as well

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 10:38 AM

3. More today...



Obama Trade Document Leaked, Revealing New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/13/obama-trade-document-leak_n_1592593.html

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 10:41 AM

4. I love how this is being all but ignored here -

 



If it were GWB...man, the outrage would have this place on FIRE. I's glad to see a few here still give a shit.

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Response to Hell Hath No Fury (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 03:01 PM

5. ZIMMERMAN!

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 03:02 PM

6. DU Rec

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 07:58 PM

7. I'm glad to see Sherrod Brown stand up asking for "more transparency." Most of us should be

glad, also!

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 06:59 PM

8. I think Sherrod Brown is a Good Dem....we should read this and why he's involved.

If we want to support our Dems...why would we not read about the stands they take?

WHY..

If "ProSense" or others have some thoughts about this...then I would hope they would reply.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 07:28 PM

9. And some of us are "Trashed" here on DU saying we don't support our Dem Electeds..

But, when we do... We are Trashed Again because what "our elected Dems" are doing isn't worthy of a Discussion....or even a KICK.

There's something wrong there.....

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 09:30 PM

10. Shouldn't Sherrod Brown be Applauded for his efforts? We are supposed to Applaud our Dems!

And people trash such as me and others when we criticize...but, they never applaud when WE APPLAUD our OWN!

WHY IS THAT?

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