Mexico Joins Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Negotiations

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 7:37 am

The leaked documents from the Trans-Pacific Partnership showed the possibility for the agreement to expand well beyond the original countries that are party to the agreement. And before the TPP has completed negotiations or been signed, we’re already seeing evidence of that. In remarks yesterday at the outset of the G20 summit, Mexican President Felipe [...]

Trans-Pacific Partnership Documents Show Trade Treaty Could Grow Much Larger Than NAFTA

By: Friday June 15, 2012 6:22 am

Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach has an analysis of that leaked document from the negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and it’s really even worse than anticipated. The leaked text provides stark warnings about the dangers of “trade” negotiations occurring without press, public or policymaker oversight. It reveals that negotiators already have agreed to many radical terms [...]

Trans Pacific Partnership Document Leaked, Shows Corporations Could Violate National Sovereignty

By: Wednesday June 13, 2012 9:42 am

While I was watching a generally weak set of questioning of Jamie Dimon at the Senate Banking Committee (outside of Menendez, Brown and especially Merkley), Zach Carter was reporting on a key leaked document from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. This is the “NAFTA for Asia” trade deal that Senators sought more transparency for earlier in [...]

Colombia Remains Violent for Trade Unionists, Even After US Free Trade Deal

By: Thursday January 26, 2012 11:38 am

Remember during the debate over the Colombian trade deal when the Administration swore up and down that they would, as a condition of putting the free trade agreement forward, insist on an “action plan” that would end the murder of trade unionists in Colombia and bring about justice for those already killed? Yeah, so, we’re [...]

US Ambassador to Spain Made Threats to Force Spanish Government to Pass Anti-Piracy Legislation

By: Friday January 6, 2012 10:55 am

The Internet censorship bills, SOPA and PIPA, bouncing around Congress don’t really work unless you apply them globally. If other countries do not vigorously protect their entertainment and high-tech industry’s copyrights in the same way as the United States, those industries will lose market share domestically. So the US has taken to pressuring other countries [...]

Colombia Trade Deal Would Have Failed as a Treaty

By: Thursday October 13, 2011 6:29 am

As Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach explained yesterday, the three trade agreements passed Congress in a whirlwind of activity last night, because a present for the President of South Korea’s visit to Washington today is more important than a considered debate about the role of neoliberal trade agreements and what they have traditionally done to US [...]

Pelosi Makes Nice Speech for China Currency Bill UPDATED

By: Wednesday October 12, 2011 2:23 pm

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made a nice speech in the middle of deliberation over the Colombia free trade agreement, arguing that the only item worth discussing on the trade agenda was the bill forcing rebalancing of China’s currency practices. The number of jobs at stake with the China measure dwarfs that of the free [...]

Senate Passes China Currency Bill

By: Wednesday October 12, 2011 7:04 am

While the American Jobs Act failed a cloture vote last night, the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act passed the Senate on a final vote.  That bill would allow the Commerce Department to target currency manipulators like China with tariffs proportional to their currency manipulation if industries or unions file complaints.  And it would force [...]

The Big Split: White House Searches for Some Portion of Jobs Bill to Salvage

By: Tuesday October 11, 2011 1:57 pm

Bloomberg and the Washington Post’s poll on the economy shows that 2/3 of all Americans support higher taxes on the wealthy, including 53% of Republicans. Job creation measures have consistently been the public’s top priority in opinion surveys for the past three years. And yet we’re on the precipice of seeing a bill that includes [...]

American Jobs Act to Be Filibustered Later Today

By: Tuesday October 11, 2011 7:30 am

Later today, Senate Republicans will filibuster the American Jobs Act, the $447 billion bill to add demand into the economy through infrastructure spending, payroll tax cuts, extended unemployment insurance and a variety of other programs, paid for by a 5.6% surtax on millionaires. Republicans are likely to be unanimous in their opposition, while Democrats will [...]

Boehner Puts Up Firewall to China Currency Bill

By: Thursday October 6, 2011 7:43 am

It was already clear that the House GOP wanted no part of the China currency manipulation bill working its way through the Senate, but John Boehner clinched it the other day, calling it “pretty dangerous” for lawmakers to crack down on China and their artificial lowering of the price of their exports. The Republican leadership [...]

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