Move to Amend Rejects the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
Calls on Congress to Vote No on Trade Agreement Secretly Negotiated Among Hundreds of Corporations
(Washington, D.C.) - The White House released the complete details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on November 5th, one month after the final deal was secured at a final negotiating meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The US release of the full text begins a 90-day review period before Congress takes a final vote on the trade agreement affecting over 40% of the global economy.
The years-long negotiating process has been shrouded in secrecy from the global public and the legislatures for 12 Pacific Rim nations involved in the trade agreement, with the notable exception of more than 500 corporate "trade advisors" with privileged access to the negotiations. Leaked drafts and public statements by trade negotiators for the TPP already raised significant concerns among industry experts, labor unions, and environmental groups.
The full details of the deal have confirmed their worst fears, revealing many inadequacies that would undermine net neutrality, labor protections, healthcare and medicine access, food safety, and environmental protections. The TPP's Investor-State Dispute Settlement would grant corporations the power to sue sovereign nations for lost profits from any law or regulation.
“From the beginning of its development, the Trans-Pacific Partnership has been removed from any semblance of a democratic process. We the People were never represented in these negotiations, even as hundreds of corporate representatives were given full access to the negotiating table,” stated Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, national director for Move to Amend, a national campaign to amend the US Constitution to end corporate personhood and money as speech. “We will be clear: a vote in favor of the TPP is a rejection of democracy of, by, and for the people. We will not stand by while our government trades our national sovereignty for international corporate rule.”
“The people elected members of Congress to represent the common interests of everyone, not the private interests of corporate donors,” continued Sopoci-Belknap. “We immediately call on Congress to reject the TPP and to pass the We The People Amendment to make clear that corporations are not people and money is not speech.”
Move to Amend is a rapidly growing national grassroots coalition of nearly 400,000 individuals and thousands of organizations working to pass a constitutional amendment to make clear that Constitutional rights belong to human beings and political spending is not protected speech under the First Amendment. Their We The People Amendment was introduced in the US House of Representatives on April 29, 2015.
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