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Tell Senate Democrats: Stand strong, stop Fast Track for TPP

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Petition to Senate Democrats:

"The White House and Republican allies are using procedural gimmicks to try and jam through 'Fast Track trade authority' for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The Senate Democrats must stand strong against this corporate power grab and vote against Fast Track for job-killing, secret trade agreements such as the TPP."

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    Tell Senate Democrats: Stand strong, stop Fast Track for TPP

    Supporters of dangerous, job-killing trade treaties have regrouped after failing to pass a trade package last week. They’ve changed up their tactics and just passed a so called “clean” version of Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the House of Representatives.

    Now they are desperately trying to jam this bill through the Senate, where there could be votes as early as next week.

    If the Senate Democrats stand strong, and block fresh attempts by Senator Mitch McConnell to railroad through this “clean” version of Fast Track, we can once again stop the TPP. But, we need your help to pressure the Senate Democrats to step up in this fight now.

    Tell Senate Democrats: Stop Fast Track for the TPP.

    Our campaign to stop Fast Track is being watched around the world. Just days ago the Associated Press reported that Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb told local media that “TPP nations could be just one week's negotiation away from completing the agreement, but if fast track isn't resolved in the next two or three weeks, ‘I think we've got a real problem with the future of the TPP.’"1

    The failure of the White House and the Republican leadership in Congress to jam Fast Track through Congress so far shows that the hundreds of thousands of CREDO members who spoke out against job-killing trade deals are making a big difference despite an all-out effort by Wall Street lobbyists, and the Chamber of Commerce.

    But, we cannot let up now because President Obama and his allies from the Republican leadership and corporate lobbyists have not given up. They are scrambling, and using gimmicky legislative procedure in a last ditch attempt to save this titanic corporate power grab.

    If we stop fast track this week, we will stop the TPP.

    Tell Senate Democrats: Stop Fast Track for the TPP.

    It's the job of Congress to fully vet trade deals and ensure they work for everyone, not just giant corporations. And it would be a deeply irresponsible abdication of responsibility for Congress to pass Fast Track when we know the TPP is coming down the pike, especially when we know the consequences of the TPP could be disastrous.

    That is why the overwhelming majority of House Democrats voted against the package of bills that would have advanced Fast Track Authority for the TPP. And dozens of House Republicans voted against Fast Track because it takes power away from Congress and gives it to President Obama.

    You have proven that even in an era where big money rules our political process, your voice still can make a difference.

    Thank you for speaking out.

    1. Matthew Pennington, "Analysis: Trade bill poses toughest test to credibility of Obama's Asia policy," AP, June 18, 2015