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Tell Sec. Clinton: Lead against lame-duck vote on TPP

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Petition to Democratic presidential nominee Sec. Hillary Clinton:

"Make a public statement urging the White House and Democratic congressional leadership to oppose any vote on the TPP, especially during the post-election lame-duck session of Congress.”

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    Tell Sec. Clinton: Lead against lame-duck vote on TPP

    In a major speech Thursday, Sec. Hillary Clinton reiterated her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying, "I oppose it now, I'll oppose it after the election, and I'll oppose it as president."1 But to stop the overwhelming corporate pressure to ram the TPP through this Congress, we need her to go one step further and actively lead the fight against a vote during the lame-duck session.

    The last hope for the supporters of the disastrous trade deal may well be a vote in the lame-duck session of Congress after the November elections. Thanks to hundreds of thousands of CREDO members, the tide is turning against the TPP. Both Sec. Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders opposed the trade deal during the Democratic presidential primary. Many Republicans now oppose it as well. But despite the pressure, President Obama is stubbornly continuing to push for a vote this year.

    Sec. Clinton herself has yet to make a public statement opposing a lame-duck vote. That’s why we are joining our friends at Democracy for America to ask Sec. Clinton to take the lead against a lame-duck vote for the job-killing TPP.

    Tell Sec. Clinton: Publicly oppose a lame-duck vote on the TPP.

    Negotiated for years behind closed-doors with the aid of hundreds of corporate advisors, while the public and press were shut out, the TPP would offshore good-paying U.S. jobs – and drive down wages in the jobs that are left – by pitting American workers against highly exploited workers making less than 65 cents an hour in Asian countries.

    The TPP would also raise medicine prices by giving big pharmaceutical companies new monopoly rights to keep lower-cost generic drugs off the market.

    If that weren’t enough, the TPP would also provide oil, gas and mining corporations new tools to challenge policies designed to tackle climate change, both at home and abroad.

    While President Obama has been using his bully pulpit to wage an all-out campaign to pressure the Congress to pass the TPP this year, both Democratic presidential candidates – Sec. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders – announced their opposition to a lame-duck vote on the TPP, which they have denounced as dangerous to our economy, public health and the environment.2

    Now that Sec. Clinton is the Democratic nominee – and with TPP supporters gearing up for a final desperate push – we need to let her know we are counting on her to take the lead in opposing a lame-duck vote.

    Tell Sec. Clinton: Publicly oppose a lame-duck vote on the TPP.

    We can’t afford this back-room deal that puts corporate interests ahead of human needs on jobs and wages, human rights, access to medicine, climate change and more.

    While Congress cannot amend or filibuster the TPP, they do still have to vote yes or no on it. Already, some Republicans have come out against this awful deal, so if we are able to confront the big money interests behind this treaty with an onslaught of grassroots opposition, convincing Sec. Clinton to lead the way, we can win.

    Sec. Clinton’s top campaign official has signaled that she opposes a vote. But if she makes her own public statement, it will send an urgently needed and powerful message to wavering Democrats.3

    Tell Sec. Clinton: Publicly oppose a lame-duck vote on TPP.

    Thank you for speaking out.

    1. Tim Hains, “Clinton: I Will Stop Trade Deals That Kill American Jobs; I Oppose TPP Now And Will As President,” Real Clear Politics, August 11, 2016.
    2. Clinton and Sanders Oppose ‘Lame Duck’ Vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, May 6, 2016.
    3. Peter Schroeder, “Podesta says McAuliffe wrong about Clinton and TPP,” The Hill, July 26, 2016.