Dangers of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

We have sent our men and women into battle to protect our rights and freedoms. In one swoop of the pen this secretive deal could: Overrule American laws and set up tribunals to rule. Change drug maker patent times and generic drug pricing. Only six out of the 30 total chapters in the TPP have anything to do with trade. So what makes up the bulk of this agreement, which was shaped by 500 U.S. corporate advisors? It requires a vote 90 days after submission of this legislation to implement the TPP and change existing U.S. laws to comply with its terms. Prescription drug costs will increase. The TPP includes terms that would limit access to generic drugs and curtail government power to limit the price of drugs. These are small leaks of information.

Offshore American jobs.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) includes special protections for corporations that offshore American jobs to low-wage countries. The TPP would not only replicate, but actually expand, the North American Free Trade Agreement's (NAFTA) extraordinary privileges for firms.

The TPP Will Rewrite Global Rules on Intellectual Property Enforcement

All signatory countries will be required to conform their domestic laws and policies to the provisions of the Agreement. In the US, this is likely to further entrench controversial aspects of US copyright law. The TPP would give foreign firms special privileges.

Jack up the cost of medicines,

The TPP could also establish new rules that could undermine government efforts to contain rising medicine prices in developed countries like the United States. This could raise healthcare costs for seniors, military families and the poor.

The TPP will Rewrite Global Rules on Intellectual Property Enforcement,

All signatory countries will be required to conform their domestic laws and policies to the provisions of the Agreement. In the US, this is likely to further entrench controversial aspects of US copyright law. The TPP would give foreign firms special privileges, including the ability to challenge new policies.

  • Expose the U.S. to unsafe food and products,

Under the TPP, any U.S. food safety rule on pesticides, labeling or additives that is higher than international standards would be subject to challenge as "illegal trade barriers." The U.S. could be required to eliminate these rules and allow in the unsafe food under threat of trade sanctions.

Example: On May 18, 2015 a WTO panel ruled that the United States Country of Origin Labeling Act (COOL) was an illegal non-tariff barrier. COOL requires grocery stores to label produce, fish and meat with their country of origin. The WTO appointed three "judges" to decide whether the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling Act constitutes a barrier to free trade. Can you imagine buying a product but couldn’t have a label as to where it was made?

Ban Buy American policies needed to create green jobs

From the workers who manufacture the materials to upgrade America's bridges and highways to those who build the cars driven by our government officials, Buy American creates U.S. jobs by recycling U.S. tax dollars back into our economy. Buy American policies require that most federal government purchases of goods go to American firms.