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Tell Secretary Hillary Clinton: Speak out against Fast Track and the TPP

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Petition to Secretary Hillary Clinton:

"We urge you to immediately announce your public opposition to Fast Track trade authority and say no to secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership as the Democratic party's leading candidate for president of the United States."

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    Tell Secretary Hillary Clinton: Speak out against Fast Track and the TPP

    We are winning. Thanks in part to activism of hundreds of thousands of CREDO activists, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – the largest trade deal in our history, which happens to be nothing more than a titanic corporate power grab – is in trouble.

    Congress left Washington last week without making substantial progress to pass Fast Track trade authority, which would short-circuit the typical legislative process when trade deals like the TPP come up for a vote. The momentum is on our side, but our work is not done.

    We can get a huge boost in our fight to stop this secret trade deal, which is being negotiated behind closed doors by the governments of a dozen countries (including ours) in collusion with corporate interests, if the next leader of the Democratic Party publicly goes on record against Fast Track and the TPP now.

    Tell Secretary Hillary Clinton: Publicly announce your opposition to Fast Track and the TPP.

    What does Secretary Clinton really believe on trade? If she wants to be president, she must commit to us that she stands for and with us.

    As First Lady, she reportedly supported North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).1

    As a senator, she voted for numerous free trade agreements, but she also voted against giving President George W. Bush Fast Track authority — the same authority Bill Clinton employed during the 1990s to pass NAFTA and that President Obama is now requesting.2

    As a candidate in 2008, she criticized NAFTA and swore to do things differently.3 But then, as Secretary of State, she actively helped to pass the very deals she vehemently opposed as a candidate, including the job-killing Korea agreement, and a free trade agreement with Colombia – a country notorious for its horrific labor rights and unionist assassinations.4 And, she was a vocal promoter for the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty back in 2011.5

    As Clinton makes the move towards her near-certain presidential campaign in her pursuit for the nomination of the Democratic Party, now is the time for her make it clear where she stands on a trade deal which has been called "NAFTA on steroids" – for good reason. If Secretary Clinton wants to become President Clinton, she must come out and oppose Fast Track authority for trade deals like the TPP.

    Tell Secretary Hillary Clinton: Publicly announce your opposition to Fast Track and the TPP.

    Last week, a draft of the "Investment Chapter" of the TPP was leaked, and according to our friends at Public Citizen, it "reveals how the pact would make it easier for U.S. firms to offshore American jobs to low-wage countries while newly empowering thousands of foreign firms to seek cash compensation from U.S. taxpayers by challenging U.S. government actions, laws and court rulings before unaccountable foreign tribunals."6

    Previously leaked chapters of the TPP included provisions that would majorly hamstring the ability of governments to stem the next banking crisis.7

    Senator Elizabeth Warren has warned that trade deals like the TPP could provide an opportunity for “banks to get something done quietly out of sight that they could not accomplish in a public place with the cameras rolling and the lights on.”8

    Given the clear threat that the TPP poses to American jobs, our economy, the environment, and so much more, it's a no-brainer for Secretary Clinton to come out in opposition against Fast Track for this terrible trade deal.

    Tell Secretary Hillary Clinton: Publicly announce your opposition to Fast Track and the TPP.

    Fast Track trade authority would allow the president to sign a trade deal before Congress has an opportunity to approve it.

    Then the president could send it to Congress with a guarantee that it will get an up-or-down vote within 90 days.

    Fast Track would mean there would be no meaningful hearings, limited debate and absolutely no amendments to the deal – or "implementing legislation" that would rewrite wide swaths of our domestic laws. And there would be tremendous pressure on Congress to rubber-stamp anything the president signs.

    It’s clear that Secretary Clinton won't come out in opposition against Fast Track and TPP unless we push her to.

    Thank you for speaking out. Your activism matters.

    1. John Nichols, "Hillary's NAFTA Lie," The Nation via CBSNews.com.com, March 20, 2008.
    2. Kevin Cirilli, "Obama trade agenda becomes problem for Hillary Clinton," The Hill, March 17, 2015.
    3. Id.
    4. Matt Spetanick, "Obama committed to South Korea trade deal: Clinton," Reuters.com, April 16, 2011; AP, "Clintons divided over Colombia trade pact," NBCNews.com, April 8, 2008; "Remarks of U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzón After Their Meeting," Embassy of Colombia, Washington DC, January 28, 2011.
    5. "Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton On Principles for Prosperity in the Asia Pacific," Embassy of the United States, Beijing, China, July 25, 2011; “Remarks:Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, East-West Center, Honolulu, HI," U.S. Department of State, November 10, 2011.
    6. Lori Wallach and Ben Beachy, "Analysis of Leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership Investment Text (PDF)," Public Citizen, March 25, 2015.
    7. Zach Carter, "Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal," Huffington Post, Dec. 08, 2013
    8. Kate Davidson, "Elizabeth Warren: Trade talks could weaken bank oversight," Politico, May 8, 2013.