On many occasions, I have urged you to pay attention to politics and voice your opinion on issues being discussed in Washington D.C. and in your state capitols.
There is a subject that may affect your livelihood and President Obama has evidently decided to discuss a trade agreement in secret, with the countries involved. It is the Transpacific Partnership Agreement. Many congressional members have complained that the entire agreement is being negotiated without Congressional input and the intention of the Administration is to present the completed agreement for approval but not allow sufficient time for the Congress to entirely review the agreement and suggest changes if necessary.
Current TPP negotiation member states are the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei. This is the third in the series of Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership agreements. The TPP transnational legal agreement would cover those 12 countries initially and then other countries that produce 40 percent of global GDP and one-third of world trade. The Environment Chapter covers what the Parties propose to be their positions on: environmental issues, including climate change, biodiversity and fishing stocks; and trade and investment in “environmental” goods and services. It also outlines how to resolve environmental disputes arising out of the treaty’s subsequent implementation
When compared against other TPP chapters, the Environment Chapter is noteworthy for its absence of mandated clauses or meaningful enforcement measures. The dispute settlement mechanisms it creates are cooperative instead of binding; there are no required penalties and no proposed criminal sanctions. With the exception of fisheries, trade in “environmental” goods and the disputed inclusion of other multilateral agreements, the Chapter appears to function as a public relations exercise. (Wikileaks)
This is an important piece of legislation because the terms may adversely impact jobs and the wages in the United States in the future. Understanding that the agreement could be detrimental to workers in this country, it is imperative that the agreement receive open and frank discussion in Congress before they vote on it.
I urge President Obama to share the terms of the Agreement as they develop with the nation and I ask that you contact the President’s office and your representatives in Congress and ask that they do what is best for this country before looking out for the economic welfare of other nations and further, ensure that we are not a loser in these negotiations.