Dear Liberty Activist,
Now, it begins, the greatfight of our time. President Barack Obama has released the5,554-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and it is even worse thananyone expected. As Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning explainedon Nov. 5 in a statement:
"The Trans-PacificPartnership, which regulates 40 percent of the global economy, will continue tooutsource American jobs overseas, fail to do anything about currencymanipulation, and once adopted, will create an international, unelectedcommission with broad authority to implement and interpret the agreementwithout any votes of Congress. These regulatory and judicial powers of thecommission, inArticle 27.2.2 of the agreement, will be akin to rogue agencies andactivist courts in the U.S. that regularly issue edicts contrary to the lawpassed by elected representatives.
"While the U.S. TradeRepresentative provided achapter summary on its final provisions that it would take votes ofCongress to amend the agreement and to allow other countries to dock into theagreement, thetext of the agreement is not nearly so explicit, leaving significantconcerns about how the trade agreement will function and whether U.S.representative democracy will be meaningful in its wake. Before any agreementis ratified, the language must be much stronger to make the need for Congress'approval clear. A chapter summary is not the agreement itself. The danger of arunaway commission is too great for this to be ignored.
"But since Congress isforbidden from amending the agreement under terms of the fast track tradeauthority granted President Obama earlier this year, and the agreement will notbe fixed later, the only recourse for members who share this concern is tosimply vote no. Chile managed to get a provision into the agreement adhering toits Constitution explicitly into Article 27, but the U.S. could not? It'snot as if these concerns were not raised prior to the close of negotiations,making the lack of language explicitly safeguarding Article One and Two congressionalprerogatives in the U.S. Constitution particularly inexcusable. This concern is exacerbated by PresidentObama's on-going contempt for these prerogatives as demonstrated by hisregulatory overreach and pen and phone approach to dictating policy."
Sen.Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) also warned in a statement on Nov. 5, "Among theTPP's endless pages are rules for labor, environment, immigration and everyaspect of global commerce — and a new international regulatory structure topromulgate, implement, and enforce these rules. This new structure is known asthe Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission — a Pacific Union — which meets,appoints unelected bureaucrats, adopts rules, and changes the agreement afteradoption."
We don't need anunelected, supranational commission regulating the U.S. economy from afarwithout any votes in Congress, and every member who votes for the Pacific tradedeal will have to deal with the consequences of ceding U.S. sovereignty.
Let's keep fighting! This is a battle we can win.