Trans-Pacific Partnership is a bad deal for America

OlympiaFebruary 11, 2014 

Denny Heck needs to stand up for his constituents, for working families, and for the environment by taking a clear position against the corporate Christmas tree called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. Two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled, in Citizens United, that corporations are people under the Constitution, opening the door to massive corporate political spending.

The TPP picks up where the Citizens United case left off. What’s better than corporate personhood? How about corporate nationhood?

Under the TPP, corporations could sue in an international court to overrule state and federal laws that they think interfere with international commerce. Want to require that products be made safely? Want to require that manufacturers follow strict environmental safeguards? Not under TPP. A foreign court could overrule U.S. law.

We don’t want multinational corporations forcing American workers to accept the safety standards of third-world countries, nor do we want imports of goods that undercut American manufacturers by exploiting workers or the environment overseas. The TPP allows exactly those sorts of atrocities.

Congressman Denny Heck, and Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray need to get off the fence, and take a clear position in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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