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I Mrs. Sarah L. Gibson write today as a constituent to thank you for opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)!
Opposing the TPP is the first step in getting our disastrous trade model on the right track. Please commit to these three objectives:
1. First, do no further harm. This means rejecting corporate-driven trade deals – starting with the TPP.
– The TPP includes an expanded version of the job and investment offshoring incentives under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that make it easier for the corporation,to send our jobs to low wage countries.
– It does not contain the enforceable disciplines against currency manipulation needed to ensure a fair playing field for U.S. exports and stop us from being flooded by subsidized imports and that many in Congress demanded.
– It would push down our wages by throwing Americans into competition with workers in Vietnam who make less than 65 cents an hour. A recent study found TPP would spell pay cuts for all but the 10 percent wealthiest Americans, increasing income inequality as past free trade deals have.
– It would raise medicine prices by limiting generic competition. It would foreclose the ability of this and future Congress’ to enact policies to bring down outrageous medicines prices, like Medicare Part D reform.
– The TPP would expand the scope of the notorious investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) regime by adding new rights for foreign firms to challenge our laws and empowering an additional 9,200 foreign firms to attack our laws in foreign arbitration tribunals.
– The TPP includes notorious human rights violators like Brunei, which recently implemented sharia-based laws for the stoning-to-death of gays and unwed mothers, and Malaysia whose modern day slavery has made it among the worst nations for human trafficking.
2. Then, reconfigure old agreements to remove the incentives to offshore jobs, threats to public interest policies, and other insidious non-trade provisions. And, create a new China trade policy. China is stealing our jobs, our intellectual property and our economic future while they also trample on the rights and freedom of their people.
– We need to punish currency cheating. Last year, the Economic Policy Institute estimated that currency manipulation was the single greatest factor in the loss of almost 900,000 jobs in 2013 alone.
– We must stop helping companies that ship jobs overseas. This includes terminating existing tax credits, subsidies such as Export-Import bank loans, and government contracts with such firms. And, we must enact tax and procurement policies that reward firms producing here.
– We must expand Buy American procurement preferences to invest in America and maximize the use of domestic products. Americans want their tax dollars used to put Americans back to work. It’s what every other country does and we should too.
– We must eliminate the corporate benefits for companies that relocate their corporate headquarters overseas to take advantage of tax loopholes.
3. Finally, create a new trade agreement model that puts working families first. A few years ago there were 150 congressional cosponsors on legislation, The Trade Reform Accountability, Development and Employment (TRADE) Act [ http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=454 ]. That bill laid out the kinds of trade pact rules that would expand exports for American workers, farmers and firms and prioritize good jobs, living wages, human rights, affordable medicines, consumer safety, and the environment.
Please help save us from the TPP and then please fight FOR a different kind of trade deal that gives American workers, farmers and firms a fair deal.
Thank you. And God Bless You Always My Family