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Elizabeth Warren Details Obama's Broken Trade Promises
"The United States does not enforce the labor protections in its trade agreements," the report reads, citing analyses from the Government Accountability Office, the State Department and the Department of Labor.
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) issued a report Monday morning detailing decades of failed trade enforcement by American presidents including Barack Obama, the latest salvo in an ongoing public feud between Warren and Obama over the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Obama is currently negotiating the major trade pact with 11 other nations. While the text of the TPP agreement remains classified information, it is strongly supported by Republican leaders in Congress and corporate lobbying groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The deal is opposed by most congressional Democrats, along with labor unions, environmental groups and advocates of Internet freedom. Obama has repeatedly insisted the TPP will include robust labor protections, and has dismissed Warren's criticisms as "dishonest," "bunk" and "misinformation." On Monday, Warren fired back, showing that Obama simply has not effectively enforced existing labor standards in prior trade pacts. According to the report, a host of abuses, from child labor to the outright murder of union organizers, have continued under Obama's watch with minimal pushback from the administration.
Of the 20 countries the U.S. currently has trade agreements with, 11 have documented reliance on child labor, forced labor or other human rights abuses related to labor, according to the report. The violations are not confined to exploitation. Since Obama finalized a labor action plan with the government of Colombia in 2011, 105 union activists have been murdered. Obama called the Colombian deal "a win-win for workers" at the time. Despite these trade violations, none of these countries have faced significant consequences from the United States government.
It's just a tactic being used to by the Democrats...this is why there is no "passion" by Obama over it. He probably hates the idea but knows he has to do it to make Hilary/Warren look good.
originally posted by: Willtell
a reply to: MystikMushroom
THERE GOING TO PASS THIS BILL with little problems
They all know this
So it would be superfluous to hatch such a plot
This is just a clear example of the fact that the money people rule all in Washington
Why do you think all the GOP support this scam trade bill
originally posted by: beezzer
a reply to: MystikMushroom
If Hillary and Warren don't come out "against" something from the Obama administration, then they might as well just sell their campaigns as "4 more years of Obama".
They can't do that, however, because the last 6 years of Obama has been a nightmare.