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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. left, accompanied by the committee's ranking Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, questions ousted IRS Chief Steve Miller, former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, and J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, during the committee's hearing on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) practice of targeting applicants for tax-exempt status based on political leanings.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Sorry to release another diary so soon but this is too important that it can't wait.  Retiring Senator Max Baucus (D. MT) is giving his final middle finger to the American people by fast tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal and Public Citizen needs our help to fight back:
UNITED STATES - APRIL 06:  Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., right, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Vice Chairman, conduct a discussion of the JTC on the topic of reforming the U.S. Internal Revenue Code in the Capitol Visitor Center.  Also attending were James A. Baker III, former Treasury Secretary, and Dick Gephardt, former House Minority Leader, who were architects of 1986 tax reform plan. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call)
This moment could not be more important.

It is do-or-die time for our years of work against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Hours ago, U.S. Representative Dave Camp and U.S. Senator Max Baucus introduced a bill for Congress to grant President Barack Obama Fast Track trade authority.

If Congress approves this bill, it will give away its constitutional authority to protect us from the numerous threats posed by the TPP.

Write now and demand that your representative commit to you in writing to vote “no” on Fast Track.

If the Fast Track bill passes, the TPP could be signed before Congress votes on it. Then the deal could be railroaded through Congress with no amendments and limited debate.

We must not allow Congress to give away its authority to save us from the TPP.

Email your representative today and demand that he or she commits to vote “no” to Fast Track.

The last thing we need is to Fast Track another so-called “free trade” agreement written for the benefit of big corporations and to the detriment of us, our families and our communities.

Fast Track trade authority is how Clinton and Bush passed the WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA and other disastrous “trade” deals.

If Congress grants President Obama Fast Track, then the TPP likely will be added to that list.

Email your member of the House of Representatives today and tell him or her to oppose Fast Track.

There is almost no progressive movement or campaign whose goals are not threatened by the TPP. And vast swaths of public interest policy achieved through decades of struggle would be undermined by the deal if it gets Fast Tracked through Congress.

If we don’t get Congress to say “no” to Fast Track right now, all of the TPP’s threats we’ve been warning about for the past three years could become reality.

The TPP would empower foreign corporations to sue governments in international tribunals if a country implements environmental, public health or other public interests policies that undermine corporations’ “expected future profits.”

It would create new incentives to offshore more American jobs.

The TPP would grant new monopoly privileges to Big Pharma that would raise medicine prices and cut consumers’ access to live-saving medicines.

As revealed by the TPP chapter released by WikiLeaks in November, it would even attack Internet freedom by imposing copyright provisions that put the interests of Hollywood fat cats before our basic right to free speech.

And that’s only a sliver of the damage that could be done by the TPP.

Write now.

There is so much at stake.

But if we act together, we can derail Fast Track and the TPP.


Steve Knievel
Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

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Originally posted to pdc on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 11:47 AM PST.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, In Support of Labor and Unions, Climate Hawks, DK GreenRoots, and The Amateur Left.

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