The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) and fifty seven liberty organizations have notified Congress that they oppose Fast Track trade authority.  Representatives from the organizations are delivering a petition (below) to Congress this week.  A House and a Senate bill pushing Fast Track, called the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014, was filed on January 9, 2014.

“Americans from across the political spectrum have been clear that we do not want more globalization agreements that outsource our democracy and our constitutional republic to international tribunals,” said Michael Stumo, CEO of CPA. “Fast Track, or so-called Trade Promotion Authority, is a wrongheaded delegation of Congress’ constitutional power over trade and domestic policy to the executive branch. CPA continues to advocate for trade and global governance agreements being deliberated under the regular order of Congress, rather than through steamrolling Fast Track procedures.”

The Fast Track bill, if passed, would give the executive branch tremendous de facto power to legislate via trade negotiations and transfer judicial power to international tribunals.  Executive branch officials can agree to provisions that overrule prior acts of Congress in areas of financial services, food and product safety, trade, taxation, product labeling, government procurement and many other domestic policy areas.  The same officials can also put in place provisions previously rejected by Congress.

“While the Fast Track bill lays out negotiating priorities and objectives for President Obama, the language is unenforceable, insufficiently different from past Fast Track bills, and Congress never certifies that the President has met those objectives,” said Stumo.  ”As a result, the legislative text on objectives is an illusory retention of power by Congress and largely unenforceable.”

Under Fast Track, President Obama would negotiate a foreign agreement in secret, sign the agreement and send it to Congress.  The House then has only 45 days for all committees to set aside all other business and consider the bill, only 15 days for floor consideration with not more than 20 hours of debate.  The Senate then has only 30 days to handle the bill.  Extraordinary provisions prevent amendments, filibuster, cloture and other rules. Further, these treaties are subject to simple majority approval rather than a 2/3rds vote of the Senate as required under Article II of the Constitution.

“Our government should not have to twist the constitution in the process of considering these deals,” said Stumo.  ”Our economy needs strong strategic planning to balance trade, increase production and jobs in the U.S. and protect our constitutional framework.  Past trade and global governance agreements have reduced Congress’ ability to accomplish these objectives.”

The Coalition for a Prosperous America is a nonprofit organization representing the interests of 2.7 million households through our agricultural, manufacturing and labor members.

To: Members of the U.S. House and Senate
From: Patriot Organizations
Date: January 13, 2014
Re: Fast Track trade authority (Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014)

We write to demand that you oppose the Obama administration’s TransPacific Partnership global governance agreement (hereinafter referred to as TPP) and Fast Track authority. These initiatives are threats to our constitutional republic and our economy.

The TPP will be transfer large swaths of our sovereignty to international institutions and tribunals. The majority of its text is about global governance rather than trade. Unelected bureaucrats are negotiating away federal authority in areas including financial regulation, copyrights, patents, immigration, energy, food safety, energy policy, labor and government procurement. The TPP can overrule past acts of Congress, install rules that Congress has previously rejected. And the agreement is permanent.

Adjudication of alleged violations will be performed by international tribunals consisting of foreign trade lawyers who will displace the U.S. court system. This pro-globalism agreement has been negotiated in secret. Congress has little or no access to the negotiations and the draft text.

The TPP also infringes upon states’ rights. State and local governments have the constitutional authority to enact rules governing many areas covered by the TPP. But they will no longer have the freedom to do so in the many regulatory areas covered by that agreement. Foreign companies will have the right to sue state and local governments, in those international tribunals, for any rule changes that harm those foreign companies’ profit expectations.

Obama wants to use “Fast Track” trade authority to push this anti-sovereignty agreement. We ask that you oppose Fast Track as well. Using Fast Track, Congress largely surrenders to the President its Article I, Section 8 authority to regulate foreign commerce. President Obama can negotiate and sign this trade and global governance agreement without Congressional oversight, write the implementing legislation, and push it through Congress with limited time, limited debate, and no amendments. This surrender of Congress’ constitutional authority is unique, dangerous and wrong.

We look to you to protect our constitutional republic, our sovereignty, and our economy from the clear and present danger of the TransPacific Partnership. We ask that you oppose it as well as Fast Track trade authority.

Sincerely,

OrganizationCityState
13 PatriotsSarasotaFL
Alabama Legislative WatchdogsBirminghamAL
Alexandria Tea PartyAlexandriaVA
America Don’t ForgetOcoeeTN
American MotherBowieMD
AMIGOLuverneAL
Barbour County, Al. Tax Enough Already PartyEufaulaAL
Bear Witness CentralJacksonvilleFL
Big Boss MinistriesNorth MiamiFL
Brevard 912MelbourneFL
Carrollwood 9-12TampaFL
Child of GODLeesburgFL
Coalition for a Prosperous AmericaWashingtonDC
Common Sense TPP of Covington CountyAndalusiaAL
Concerned American Patriots of Jackson Co., FLMariannaFL
Eagle Forum of Southeast WisconsinButlerWI
East Orlando Tea PartyAltamonte SpringsFL
East KY Tea PartyHazardKY
First Coast Tea PartyJacksonvilleFL
Florida Minuteman Org.Lake WalesFL
Florida PatriotsRiverviewFL
Gainesville Tea PartyGainesvilleFL
Greenville TEA Party PatriotsGreenvilleAL
Kitchen Table PatriotsDoylestownPA
Lamar County Tea Party PatriotsVernonAL
Liberty in ActionSarasotaFL
Martin 9/12 CommitteeStuartFL
Medina Tea Party PatriotsMedinaOH
Miami 912 ProjectMiami LakesFL
Nature Coast 912 GroupsWeeki Wachee/Pasco/Citrus/LakesuFL
North County Conservatives.orgEscondidoCA
Northshore 912MandevilleLA
Northwest Arkansas Citizens for Better Gov’tFayettevilleAR
People for LibertyPittsburghPA
Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots-Lower BucksFeasterville TrevosePA
Pickens County GA Tea PartyJasperGA
Pinellas Patriots 912LargoFL
Putnam County Tea PartyPalatkaFL
Rainy Day PatriotsHooverAL
Roanoke Valley PatriotsLittletonNC
Sarasota PatriotsNokomisFL
Save America FoundationClearwaterFL
Stand4UTSalt Lake CityUT
SW Louisiana Tea PartyBell CityLA
Take Back Your Power CoMoColumbiaMO
Tampa 912TampaFL
Tampa Tea PartyTampaFL
Tea Party of East HillsboroughLithiaFL
Tea Party of South East TennesseeClevelandTN
TeaParty Command Center for the State of FloridaSeffnerFL
Titusville PatriotsTitusvilleFL
Transforming FloridaLargoFL
Venice 912VeniceFL
Volusia 912 Patriots, Inc.Ormond BeachFL
Wetumpka Tea PartyWetumpkaAL
Wythe Co. Tea PartySpeedwellVA
Young Americans for Freedom ChapterLindenVA

 

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