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Excerpt: "Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday asked the chief trade representative for the United States to turn over the full text of a proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. The 12-nation pact, which could soon come before Congress, has been negotiated in secret but with input from corporations that stand to profit on the deal."

Senator Bernie Sanders (VT-I) spoke to a crowd of 500 at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium. (photo: Bonnie Chan/Richmond Confidential)
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) spoke to a crowd of 500 at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium. (photo: Bonnie Chan/Richmond Confidential)


Bernie Sanders Asks Chief Trade Representative for the US to Turn Over Full Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership

By Sanders.senate.gov

07 January 15

 

en. Bernie Sanders on Monday asked the chief trade representative for the United States to turn over the full text of a proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. The 12-nation pact, which could soon come before Congress, has been negotiated in secret but with input from corporations that stand to profit on the deal. In a letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman, Sanders called it “troubling” and “unacceptable” that the only sources for Congress to assess what would be the largest global trade deal in history are a few leaked documents.

“It is incomprehensible to me that the leaders of major corporate interests who stand to gain enormous financial benefits from this agreement are actively involved in the writing of the TPP while, at the same time, the elected officials of this country, representing the American people, have little or no knowledge as to what is in it,” Sanders said in the letter. “In my view, this is simply unacceptable.”

Proponents of the pact are pushing for a fast-track process for Congress to take up the deal with no opportunity to revise it. Especially under those circumstances, Sanders said, members of Congress must be given time to read and analyze the agreement in order to consider the implications.

If Sanders’ request is turned down, the senator asked Froman to spell out the legal basis for a denial. “Please also explain why you think it is appropriate that the representatives of the largest financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, oil companies, media conglomerate and other major corporate interests not only have access to some of these documents, but are also playing a major role in developing many of the key provisions in it,” Sanders added. “Meanwhile, the people who will suffer the consequences of this treaty have been shut out of this process.”

Unless details of the deal are shared with members of Congress, Sanders also said he would introduce legislation to require that the contents of any trade agreement that the U.S. is negotiating would have to be made public at the request of any member of Congress.

To read Sanders’ letter, click here.


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+25 # tanis 2015-01-07 10:38
thank you Bernie. Is anyone else on board your team? Seems you are always alone in your work. Isn't it time for dems to unite for something that is good for humanity.
 
 
+4 # ritawalpoleague 2015-01-07 17:19
Yes, tanis, thank we must Sen. Bernie Sanders, over and over and over again, for having the great mind, heart, courage and determination to do all he does for us. 'Tis why I'm joining with people from across the country, of all political persuasions, to encourage this greater than great Independent senator from Vermont, a real, true people server, to run as a Dem. for POTUS in '16. Best way to put it.....

SANDERS PANDERS NOT, TO THE 1% !
 
 
+1 # Helen Marshall 2015-01-07 20:00
Where is Elizabeth Warren on this?
 
 
+6 # harleysch 2015-01-07 11:14
Obviously, Bernie stating that it is "incomprehensib le" that those corporate cartels with the most to gain would be writing the bill is meant rhetorically. What about Dodd Frank? What about Obamacare? Both were largely shaped by those who were supposed to be regulated by it, i.e., the Too Big to Fail bankers and the insurance companies and for-profit health care industry, just as major corporate interests are behind the TPP.

The bigger issue is how can self-described progressives continue to apologize for a President whose actions are dictated by the same interests?
 
 
-1 # loraine 2015-01-07 14:18
As I understand it, the Republicans had an opportunity to participate in the Health Care Act, but preferred not to participate, now they are bitching about it!!!!!
 
 
0 # lfeuille 2015-01-07 16:37
Quoting loraine:
As I understand it, the Republicans had an opportunity to participate in the Health Care Act, but preferred not to participate, now they are bitching about it!!!!!


The Repub. politicians made a show of not participating, but the health insurance companies were involved in writing the bill.
 
 
+5 # PABLO DIABLO 2015-01-07 11:22
Run Bernie, RUN. Bring Elizabeth with you.
 
 
+15 # angelfish 2015-01-07 11:41
God bless Bernie Sanders! He is one of the FEW in our Congress who actually WORKS for the American people, actively trying to protect us from the rapacious predators who now hold a Majority in in that, once, august body!
 
 
+2 # DurangoKid 2015-01-07 11:57
If Sanders exposes that trade deal he'll never be president.
 
 
+5 # Bourbaki 2015-01-07 12:43
DurangoKid,

I can't decide to give a thumbs up or a thumbs down. Thumbs up because I agree with you but thumbs down because that truth sucks.
 
 
+2 # Kev C 2015-01-07 13:07
In one way your right that to thumbs up would show agreement for something we know only too well from this government. Always looking after themselves and their sponsors.
On the other hand it would be stupid for Bernie not to stand for president. He is the one person in the entire US government who galvanises the people along with Elizabeth Warren who as has been mentioned gets people on side by dealing with the issues that really mean something to them. Its all well and good sitting here and berating government. We all know what they are up to. We just need to get off our arses and do something about it.
 
 
+8 # politicfix 2015-01-07 12:53
Bernie could be President if the people stand behind him and let their representatives know that they agree with Bernie's position on the TPP. Doing nothing other than write on this site about it is not a solution. Elizabeth Warren's star is rising because of the PEOPLE who are resonating to her message. We must do the same for Bernie and the TPP. Everyone must make their voices known through their state and federal representatives . You can email them, call them, or send letters to them and include his above message in the correspondence. I hope people will protest, picket, and do whatever they can to support what Bernie is fighting for. It not only spurs him on to have the support, but other representatives take notice and may jump on board so they can rally support for their own races. In 2016, we must vote for people who support representatives who are against the TPP, against the keystone pipeline, for healthcare for every American, and the list goes on. Do not go into the voting booth unprepared and just vote based on TV ads. Know the issues, and how they affect the people opposed to what they do for the huge corporations. It's our responsibility, it's important, and we must make sure we vote....not matter what! That's the least we can do for Bernie's efforts to do the right thing for the people and our country.
 
 
+2 # Kev C 2015-01-07 13:08
Well said. Very well said. Get wise and vote with wisdom.
 
 
+1 # ronnewmexico 2015-01-07 14:38
You go Bernie

Thank you
 
 
+3 # RnR 2015-01-08 08:13
And here is all you need to know about Michael Froman:

"Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ambassador Froman served in a number of roles at Citigroup and as a Senior Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations and a Resident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund."
 
 
+1 # RLF 2015-01-08 08:18
Nice! Way to go Obama.
 

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