House Vote on TPP Fast Track Is Tomorrow. Call Now.
The Senate has passed the Fast Track trade bill, which would allow secret anti-user trade deals like the TPP to get rush approval and bypass full debate. Call now to urge your representatives to stand against the secrecy and oppose the TPP Fast Track.
Powerful copyright lobbyists are pushing for extreme digital regulations in secret trade deals that would put restrictive controls on the Internet.
President Obama is in the midst of negotiating some major trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Both TPP and TTIP are multinational trade deals that carry copyright and digital privacy provisions that threaten millions of users’ rights. They contain harmful provisions because the US Trade Representative has negotiated them in backroom meetings.
Internet and copyright provisions, buried in omnibus treaties, will get almost no oversight.
While Hollywood has had easy access to view and comment on draft texts—so it can get the provisions it wants—the public, and even our own lawmakers, have been mostly shut out. But a new bill threatens to make this undemocratic process even worse.
The Senate has passed a bill to hand over its own constitutional authority to debate and modify trade law. The process is called Fast Track, or Trade Promotion Authority. It creates special rules that give the White House the power to negotiate and sign trade agreements with very little Congressional oversight. Under Fast Track, lawmakers won’t be able to analyze and change the provisions, and have a short limited time for debate before holding a simple Yes or No vote to ratify entire treaties.
Call your representative today. Tell them to stand up for Internet users and preserve our constitutional checks and balances in government.
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