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senate Bill S. 995

Should Congress Approve the ‘Fast-Track’ for Free Trade Agreements (Like TPP)? (Senate Version)

Argument in favor

There is bipartisan agreement that this bill will open markets for U.S. exports, give the U.S. more access to imports, and save average consumers money. Congress would still have a chance to weigh in, and ultimately approve or deny any trade agreements.

BarackObama's Opinion
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05/04/2015
"America needs to write the rules of the global economy. We can’t leave it to somebody else.” [twitter.com/POTUS]
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JebBush's Opinion
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05/28/2015
"This is a great deal for America" -@JebBush
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Coleton's Opinion
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05/13/2016
The TPP has limited set of interests that DO NOT include the American people. This is designed to benefit corporations that wish to make international trade easier and less regulated. Less American jobs, less accountability, all disguised as positive globalization.
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Argument opposed

This bill doesn't protect American workers who could lose their jobs because of the increased competition from "fast-tracked" trade agreements. It also gives too much negotiating power to the President and corporations — not the American people.

BernieSanders's Opinion
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06/18/2015
"The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of multinational corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, and the environment. It will negatively impact some of the poorest people in the world to further enrich some of the wealthiest." [Email from berniesanders.com]
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Steve's Opinion
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05/05/2015
We send our representatives to Washington to communicate The People's interests in the house and relay important details back home for our consideration. Any bill that is too secret to be considered by the people should be shunned. This government must remain "by the people and for the people."
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Marilyn's Opinion
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05/05/2015
My understanding is that the text of the agreement is secret and special permission is required to read it. Plus, it has been created by representatives from "big business". It may be a good bill, but should not be approved until its terms are well known and the supporters are known.
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    IntroducedApril 16th, 2015
    "America needs to write the rules of the global economy. We can’t leave it to somebody else.” [twitter.com/POTUS]
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    "The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of multinational corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, and the environment. It will negatively impact some of the poorest people in the world to further enrich some of the wealthiest." [Email from berniesanders.com]
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    We send our representatives to Washington to communicate The People's interests in the house and relay important details back home for our consideration. Any bill that is too secret to be considered by the people should be shunned. This government must remain "by the people and for the people."
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    My understanding is that the text of the agreement is secret and special permission is required to read it. Plus, it has been created by representatives from "big business". It may be a good bill, but should not be approved until its terms are well known and the supporters are known.
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    There are two reasons for opposing the TPP. First, the US has had 40 years of negative trade balance. The current trade balance runs 1/2 trillion per year. Trade agreements such as NAFTA didn't help the US. Second, this agreement has been shrouded in secrecy. Why on earth would anyone support any agreement where they are not allowed to see what it's really about?
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    Not passing this will help American jobs and businesses.
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    Progressive groups have criticized TPP deals for their lack of transparency and for the potential to allow IP regimes to censor the global market. Congress already has a vested interest in creating export jobs in each congressperson's state. TPP has been protested against globally for raising medication costs and creating larger wealth inequality.
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    Congress should have as much time to read and consider TPP before voting. The agreement has been negotiated in secret and the public is still in the dark about what it contains. Congress shouldn't be pressured to approve it without due consideration.
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    The concept of free trade is fine. U.S. citizens, however, can decrease the chances of U.S. workers' job losses by avoiding buying any and everything under the sun until determining where goods are manufactured. While this cannot be possible with all products we feel we "need," we can do much more to stop buying products from other countries, including produce and other foods. When we buy fewer "things" and make sure they are, as much as possible, from this country's producers and manufacturers, U.S. workers will not have a problem.
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    "This is a great deal for America" -@JebBush
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    This gives too much power to the President. Taking away Congress' ability to amend a proposal is unconstitutional and takes away power from voters.
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    Congress has final authority on all treaties. Not allowing any amendments puts far too much power in the president's hands.
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    So we won't have any jobs in America please stop
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    Everyone has the right to know what is in these Bills and their impact upon people. That takes time.
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    The TPP has limited set of interests that DO NOT include the American people. This is designed to benefit corporations that wish to make international trade easier and less regulated. Less American jobs, less accountability, all disguised as positive globalization.
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    every time one of these fast track deals is made by the white house, another few hundred thousand jobs dissapear and the trade deficet goes up,wake up america.
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    We need trade agreements that foster growth in America. Not China, India, or some other third world country where work is done at a fraction of the cost with near non existent oversight or protections for the worker/consumer. To say nothing of the fact that fast-track undermines our long standing tradition of separation of powers by allowing the President to act unilaterally without input from Congress. #GetMoneyOut #StopFastTrack
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    I don't want the President to have any power except what the Constitution grants him.
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    No fast tracks should ever be made by congress. America has already sold out a lot of American workers.
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    No more than another method to destroy America and put our country at the mercy of greedy corporations
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