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The contents of the corporate-friendly Trans-Pacific Partnership, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's trade agenda, will remain shrouded in secrecy after Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Thursday blocked legislation that would have increased transparency around the mammoth trade agreement involving 12 Pacific Rim countries.
The Fast Track bill currently working its way through Congress does require that any trade deal, such as TPP, be made public for 60 days before Congress votes on it.
However, even if lawmakers find specific problems in a deal, there would be little they could do to stop it because Fast Track allows no amendments and no filibusters—they may only vote yes or no .
As such, Fast Track opponents have pointed out, the transparency is rather meaningless.
, I still cannot believe that our own government would destroy our country like this.
originally posted by: 200Plus
I've been thinking about the TPP the last few days.
Anyone can see it will destroy what is left of America's working class (we can't even call it a middle class any more).
I can only hope that President Obama and the Dems are using this "fast track" vote as a political strategy for 2016 and not a serious trade negotiation.