I recently signed a petition to my elected representatives in the U.S. Congress opposing granting the Obama administration Fast Track authority on the proposed T.P.P. (Trans Pacific Partenship) trade agreement. I recieved an email responce from Senator Gillibrand. (NY) It does not surprize me, although it might open the eyes of a few of her staunch supporters. The communication states that she has signed on to a letter asking President Obama to instruct his trade representative to include certain items in the agreement. She fails to address the central issue in the petition of denying "fast track" authority. She also fails to address the issue of international corporations gaining legal advantage over local laws and regulations. I am disappointed by her apparent lack of willingness to challenge the Oligarchy. Hey, at least she responded with a form letter. Senator Schumer couldn't be bothered to even try. Look below the orange smoke and mirrors cloud to read it for yourself. Make up your own mind about her position.
November 4, 2013
Thank you for writing to me about the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. I understand your concerns and am hopeful that with very clear objectives, we can reach a positive trade agreement.
In order to guarantee that our participation in the Trans Pacific Partnership yields positive negotiations for the United States, I have signed on to a letter sent to President Obama asking that U.S. trade representatives to the TPP maintain "Buy American" government procurement requirements from which government officials would not be prohibited from establishing government procurement policies that prioritize job creation in the United States. We also ask that U.S. trade representatives require strong Rules of Origin that ensures that only signers of the TPP will benefit from its increased market access so that employment opportunities in the U.S. may be expanded. Additionally, we ask for safeguards against investment and service sector rules that provide incentives for the off-shoring of both good manufacturing and service sector jobs. Lastly, we ask that trade negotiations include an enforceable obligation to protect fundamental labor rights and protections against currency manipulation.
With a goal of job growth and stability here in the United States without having to outsource, I am confident that we will be able to reach a favorable Trans Pacific Partnership agreement with partnering member countries. Thank you again for writing to express your concerns, and I hope that you keep in touch with my office regarding future legislation. For more information on this and other important issues, please visit my website at http://gillibrand.senate.gov and sign up for my e-newsletter.
Kirsten E. Gillibrand
United States Senator