Wednesday: Stop Fast Track Call-In Day

Wednesday: Stop Fast Track Call-In Day

By Staff, www.PopularResistance.org
June 2nd, 2015

Stop TPP protest (Photo: Backbone Campaign/flickr CC 2.0)

Tell Congress NO Fast Track at 888-804-8311 www.StopFastTrack.com

Whip List Below

Ways & Means Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) is pushing to bring his awful Fast Track legislation for a vote in the House very soon. Please call your representative now at 888-804-8311 and urge them to vote NO on Fast Track. Below is a list of representatives and where they stand according to The Hill newspaper to help you target your calls.

Fast Track bill has already passed in the Senate, and if approved by the House, would allow secretive trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to be rushed through Congress, circumventing ordinary review, amendment and debate procedures.

Despite being under negotiation for years now, the American public has been barred from reviewing what TPP negotiators have been proposing in our names.  Meanwhile, hundreds of corporate lobbyists — representing companies like Walmart, Chevron and Cargill — have had special “cleared advisor” status which provides them with privileged access to the TPP texts and TPP negotiators.

Providing a Fast Track rubber stamp to back-room trade deals sight unseen is NOT the way to make sound public policy in a democracy. It may pad the profits of well-connected transnational corporations, but only at the expense of the economy, the environment and public health at home and abroad.
The good news is that, together, we can stop Fast Track.  
TAKE ACTION NOW: please call your Congressperson at 888-804-8311 and urge them to vote NO on Fast Track.Literally thousands of organizations — representing the labor, environmental, family farm, civil rights, digital rights, human rights, public health, consumer, faith, student and other movements — have united to say NO to Fast Track.  We can win.  We just need your help.

This really is the time for action.  Fast Track proponents are trying to move quickly.  Please call your Representative now.

Where Do Members Stand? Target List

After calling your representative you may want to focus on the undecided members listed below and then on those who are in support of fast track.  The message: Vote NO on fast track trade promotion authority.

This story was last updated on June 2 at 3:27 p.m by The Hill newspaper.

RECENT UPDATES — Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Dina Titus (D-Nev.) and Ben Ray Lujan (N.M.).

REPUBLICANS – YES (72)

Rep. Ralph Lee Abraham (La.)

Rep. Diane Black (Tenn.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Mike Bishop (Mich.)

Rep. Rod Blum (Iowa)

Speaker John Boehner (Ohio)

Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. (La.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Vern Buchanan (Fla.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Buddy Carter (Ga.)

Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) — Chabot said the trade bill means “more opportunity for all Americans.”

Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.)

Rep. Barbara Comstock (Va.) 

Rep. Ryan Costello (Pa.)

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.) — “It is my hope Congress can have a fair and open debate on Trade Promotion Authority and future free-trade agreements so we can provide more economic opportunity for all Americans,” Curbelo said in a statement to Sunshine State News.

Rep. Robert Dold (Ill.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Tom Emmer (Minn.)

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (Va.)

Rep. Bob Gibbs (Ohio)

Rep. Garret Graves (La.)

Rep. Glenn Grothman (Wis.)

Rep. Frank Guinta (N.H.)

Rep. Cresent Hardy (Nev.) 

Rep. Jody Hice (Ga.)

Rep. French Hill (Ark.)

Rep. George Holding (N.C.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.)

Rep. Will Hurd (Texas)

Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) — “This president has earned our distrust, but having said that, I still support TPA,” Issa told The Washington Post.

Rep. Sam Johnson (Texas) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Mike Kelly (Pa.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Pete King (N.Y.)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.)

Rep. John Kline (Minn.)

Rep. Steve Knight (Calif.)

Rep. Mia Love (Utah)

Rep. Kenny Marchant (Texas) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Tom McClintock (Calif.)

Rep. Martha McSally (Ariz.)

Rep. Pat Meehan (Pa.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. John Moolenaar (Mich.)

Rep. Dan Newhouse (Wash.)

Rep. Kristi Noem (S.D.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Erik Paulsen (Minn.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Tom Price (Ga.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Tom Reed (N.Y.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Dave Reichert (Wash.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Jim Renacci (Ohio) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Peter Roskam (Ill.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Ed Royce (Calif.) 

Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) — The Ways and Means Committee chairman is a co-author of the fast-track bill.

Rep. Matt Salmon (Ariz.) — “There’s so much misinformation,” Salmon told Politico. “Fast track actually sets parameters that we want the president to work under in order to negotiate.”

Rep. Mark Sanford (S.C.)

Rep. David Schweikert (Ariz.)

Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas)

Rep. Mike Simpson (Idaho)

Rep. Adrian Smith (Neb.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Jason Smith (Mo.) – Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (N.Y.)

Rep. Mac Thornberry (Texas)

Rep. Pat Tiberi (Ohio) – Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Dave Trott (Mich.)

Rep. David Valadao (Calif.)

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.)

Rep. Mark Walker (N.C.)

Rep. Mimi Walters (Calif.)

Rep. Roger Williams (Texas)

Rep. Steve Womack (Ark.) — “Congressman Womack is generally supportive of fair free trade agreements and expanding economic interests abroad so long as safeguards and congressional oversight are in place,” his spokeswoman Claire Burghoff told The City Wire. “He believes that TPA will create new opportunities for U.S. small business and new jobs for Americans and is encouraged by Chairman (Paul) Ryan’s work to ensure Congress maintains an on-off switch.”

Rep. Rob Woodall (Ga.)

Rep. David Young (Iowa) 

Rep. Todd Young (Ind.) – Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (N.Y.) 

REPUBLICANS – NO (13)

Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) — Brat likened the push for fast track to efforts to pass immigration reform in an interview on The John Fredericks’ Show. “This is one of the key reasons I’m leaning a solid no on TPA and TPP,” he said. “Because if we’re arguing in the best interest of the average American, we should be able to make these arguments in the light of day and debate.”

Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (Fla.)

Rep. Jeff Duncan (S.C.) — “Supporters of giving Fast Track Authority to the President will argue that the legislation contains safeguards to ensure that the President honors his commitments to Congress,” Duncan wrote in an op-ed for Breitbart. “However, in the past when this President has broken his word and overstepped his authority, when has Congress ever stepped up to stop him?”

Rep. John Fleming (La.)

Rep. Duncan Hunter (Calif.) 

Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.)

Rep. David Joyce (Ohio)

Rep. Steve King (Iowa)

Rep. David McKinley (W.Va.) 

Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.)

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.)

Rep. Steve Russell (Okla.) — Russell told the Wall Street Journal expanding trade is “not a bad thing,” but says he won’t vote for fast track legislation.

Rep. Don Young (Alaska)

REPUBLICANS – UNDECIDED OR UNCLEAR (29)

Rep. Robert Aderholt (Ala.)

Rep. Mark Amodei (Nev.)

Rep. Lou Barletta (Pa.) — Barletta is leaning no. “There’s a lot of fear that it’ll allow guest workers to come in and take jobs away from Americans,” Barletta he told Politico. “So there’s a lot of questions that the average American has on whether or not these deals are actually good for the American worker or not.”

Rep. Mo Brooks (Ala.)

Rep. Ken Calvert (Calif.)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah) — The Oversight Committee chairman told The Hill he is “leaning yes.”

Rep. Paul Cook (Calif.) 

Rep. Rick Crawford (Ark.)

Rep. Jeff Denham (Calif.)

Rep. Charlie Dent (Pa.) — Dent said he supports “open markets.”

Rep. Trent Franks (Ariz.)

Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.)

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) — Sounds like he’s leaning yes. Told Politico that “a successful trade agreement will increase market access for Kansas agricultural products.” But he noted he is still reviewing the legislation.

Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio) — The chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus is leaning no.

Rep. Raul Labrador (Idaho) — Labrador is leaning no.

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (Calif.) 

Rep. Thomas Massie (Ky.) — Massie is leaning no.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) — Asked if he will vote for TPA, the House majority leader sidestepped the question, telling Politico, “Democrats really need to push forward from the administration on where they’re going.”

Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.)

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) 

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) — Murphy is seeking a measure to protect steel workers.

Rep. Bruce Poliquin (Maine) 

Rep. Martha Roby (Ala.)

Rep. Mike Rogers (Ala.)

Rep. Lamar Smith (Texas)

Rep. Scott Tipton (Colo.)

Rep. Tim Walberg (Mich.) — Walberg told The Hill he wants changes to prevent Chinese currency manipulation.

Rep. Daniel Webster (Fla.)

Rep. Bruce Westerman (Ark.) 

DEMOCRATS – YES (14)

Rep. Brad Ashford (Neb.) — Signed a letter in April signaling support for fast-track.

Rep. Ami Bera (Calif.) — “With more than 95 percent of the world’s population outside the United States, economic growth and jobs for the region and America will increasingly depend on expanding U.S. trade and investment opportunities in the global marketplace,” Bera wrote in an op-ed.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.)

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (Ore.) — Bonamici’s district includes the headquarters of Nike, where President Obama delivered a speech urging support for the trade bill.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (Va.) — Signed a letter in April signaling support for fast-track.

Rep. Henry Cuellar (Texas)

Rep. John Delaney (Md.)

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) — “As we negotiate two of the largest trade deals in our history, we must consider the positive impact that international trade has on our state economy, as well as on our national economy and the global economy,” she wrote in an op-ed in the North Dallas Gazette.

Rep. Ron Kind (Wis.)

Rep. Rick Larsen (Wash.) — “I believe presidents should have the authority to negotiate trade agreements based on Congressional direction,” said Larsen in a statement.

Rep. Gregory Meeks (N.Y.) — Signed a letter in April signaling support for fast-track.

Rep. Jared Polis (Colo.) 

Rep. Mike Quigley (Ill.) — Signed a letter in April signaling support for fast-track.

Rep. Kurt Schrader (Ore.)

DEMOCRATS – NO (99)

Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.) — Voted against TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Sanford Bishop (Ga.)

Rep. Robert Brady (Pa.)

Rep. Corrine Brown (Fla.)

Rep. Cheri Bustos (Ill.) — Bustos indicated she was undecided in May, but is now a firm no.

Rep. Michael Capuano (Mass.) — “I think it is unwise for any Member of Congress to surrender our constitutional responsibilities without knowing exactly why this step is necessary and what specifically Congress is agreeing to. I voted against Fast Track Authorization in 2002 and I fully expect to vote no again this year,” he said in a statement.

Rep. André Carson (Ind.)

Rep. David Cicilline (R.I.)

Rep. Katherine Clark (Mass.) — WGBH Boston reported that Clark will vote against fast track.

Rep. Yvette Clarke (N.Y.)

Rep. Lacy Clay (Mo.)

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (Mo.)

Rep. John Conyers Jr. (Mich.)

Rep. Joe Courtney (Conn.)

Rep. Joseph Crowley (N.Y.) — Voted against TPA in the Ways and Means Committee. He backed three trade deals in 2011.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.)

Rep. Danny Davis (Ill.) — Voted against TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.)

Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) — “Fast Track is an abrogation of congressional authority,” DeGette said in a statement.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) — “I believe it will not pass,” DeLauro told Bloomberg.

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (Calif.) — San Jose Mercury News reported that DeSaulnier is opposed to fast-track.

Rep. Ted Deutch (Fla.)

Rep. Debbie Dingell (Mich.)

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (Texas) — Voted against TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) — “Unfortunately, the Hatch-Wyden-Ryan deal does not ensure that American workers are put first,” Duckworth said in a statement. “We need controls to make sure trade deals are negotiated in the best interests of my constituents in Illinois and all Americans.” Duckworth is running against Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) in 2016.

Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) — Edwards is running against Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who also announced his opposition, in the Maryland Senate race.

Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.)

Rep. Eliot Engel (N.Y.)

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (Conn.) 

Rep. Chaka Fattah (Pa.)

Rep. Lois Frankel (Fla.)

Rep. Marcia Fudge (Ohio) — “Without being consulted, Congress has no meaningful role in either shaping the agreement or exercising its constitutional authority to set the terms of trade policy. In November 2013, I signed a letter to President Obama urging him to restore a more robust role to Congress in formulating the TPP trade agreement.  I stand by that letter,” Fudge said in a statement on March 11.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) — “Fast tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the wrong move. Congress and the American people should have a role to play,” Gabbard wrote in a Facebook post.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) 

Rep. John Garamendi (Calif.) — “No way, no how, period. I am not about to cede my constitutional responsibility to a bunch of negotiators who refuse to share any information of any significance,” Garamendi told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Rep. Alan Grayson (Fla.) — Mulling a run for the Senate.

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) — “The Trade Promotion Authority introduced today circumvents Congressional authority and prevents oversight that is vital to protecting working families from bad trade deals,” he said in a statement.

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.)

Rep. Alcee Hastings (Fla.) — “The real reason that I will oppose the trade agreement is that it disproportionately impacts the same kinds of communities as Baltimore,” said Hastings.

Rep. Brian Higgins (N.Y.)

Rep. Mike Honda (Calif.) — Facing a primary challenge.

Rep. Jared Huffman (Calif.)

Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.)

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.)

Rep. Hank Johnson (Ga.) — President Obama endorsed Johnson over primary challenger in 2014 cycle.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (Ohio)

Rep. Bill Keating (Mass.) — Keating posted a video to his Facebook page on his opposition to fast track.

Rep. Dan Kildee (Mich.)

Rep. Jim Langevin (R.I.) — “Congress has the responsibility to set trade policy, and ‘fast track’ procedures largely circumvent this important review,” he said in a statement.

Rep. John Larson (Conn.)

Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.)

Rep. Sandy Levin (Mich.)

Rep. John Lewis (Ga.) — Lewis voted against TPA in committee.

Rep. Dan Lipinski (Ill.)

Rep. Dave Loebsack (Iowa)

Rep. Alan Lowenthal (Calif.)

Rep. Nita Lowey (N.Y.)

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (N.M.) — “I have long been opposed to Fast Track Authority for TPP,” Lujan wrote in a May 11 Facebook post. Lujan is the chairman of the DCCC.

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.)

Rep. Stephen Lynch (Mass.)

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.)

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (N.Y.)

Rep. Jim McDermott (Wash.) — Voted against TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Jim McGovern (Mass.)

Rep. Jerry McNerney (Calif.)

Rep. Grace Meng (N.Y.)

Rep. Patrick Murphy (Fla.) — “The Constitution grants Congress the authority to regulate trade, and it greatly concerns me that we are being asked to establish a framework for a deal that is almost done,” Murphy said in a statement, according to the Palm Beach Post. Murphy is running for the Senate.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.)

Rep. Richard Neal (Mass.) — Voted against TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Rick Nolan (Minn.)

Rep. Donald Norcross (N.J.)

Rep. Frank Pallone (N.J.)

Rep. Bill Pascrell (N.J.) — “These trade deals have sucked the air out of the room we call our nation,” Pascrell told The Hill.

Rep. Chellie Pingree (Maine)

Rep. Mark Pocan (Wis.)

Rep. Charles Rangel (N.Y.) — Voted against TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Bobby Rush (Ill.)

Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio)

Rep. Linda Sánchez (Calif.) — Voted against TPA in the Ways and Means Committee

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (Calif.) — Sanchez is running for the Senate.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.)

Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) — “I have not supported fast track authorities in the past, believing that Congress should preserve a role in shaping trade agreements, but was willing to hold off in light of representations that this would be a new type of authority,” Schiff said in a statement. “However, now that the legislation has been finalized and I have had time to fully review the bill, it is clear that TPA is little different from earlier variations of fast track and I will oppose it.”

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.)

Rep. David Scott (Ga.)

Rep. Jose Serrano (N.Y.)

Rep. Brad Sherman (Calif.)

Rep. Louise Slaughter (N.Y.)

Rep. Jackie Speier (Calif.) 

Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.)

Rep. Mark Takai (Hawaii) — “Implementation of the same old fast track authority will severely limit Congress’ role in trade negotiations and puts millions of good-paying American jobs at risk.  The U.S. economy does not need free trade, we need fair trade,” Takai said in a statement.

Rep. Mark Takano (Calif.)

Rep. Bennie Thompson (Miss.)

Rep. Mike Thompson (Calif.) — Voted against TPA in the Ways and Means Committee

Rep. Dina Titus (Nev.)

Rep. Paul Tonko (N.Y.)

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) — Running for the Senate; backed the three 2011 trade deals.

Rep. Juan Vargas (Calif.)

Rep. Filemon Vela (Texas)

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (N.Y.)

DEMOCRATS – UNDECIDED OR UNCLEAR (58)

Rep. Alma Adams (N.C.) 

Rep. Peter Aguilar (Calif.) 

Rep. Karen Bass (Calif.)

Rep. Joyce Beatty (Ohio) 

Rep. Donald Beyer (Va.) 

Rep. Brendan Boyle (Pa.)

Rep. Julia Brownley (Calif.)

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) — Butterfield is chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. He told Politico he is leaning no.

Rep. Lois Capps (Calif.) — Capps is not seeking reelection.

Rep. Tony Cardenas (Calif.) 

Rep. John Carney (Del.) — Carney is leaning no.

Rep. Matthew Cartwright (Pa.) 

Rep. Kathy Castor (Fla.) — Castor backed trio of trade deals with South Korea, Panama and Colombia in 2011.

Rep. Joaquin Castro (Texas) — Some have speculated Castro could be Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016.

Rep. Judy Chu (Calif.)

Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) — Clyburn is the No. 3-ranked House Democrat and influential lawmaker in the Congressional Black Caucus.

Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.)

Rep. Jim Cooper (Tenn.) — Cooper signed a letter offering support for fast-track but has yet to endorse the deal.

Rep. Jim Costa (Calif.) — Supported all three trade deals in 2011.

Rep. Susan Davis (Calif.) 

Rep. Suzan DelBene (Wash.)

Rep. Mike Doyle (Pa.)

Rep. Anna Eshoo (Calif.) — Ally of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) who backed two of the three trade deals in 2011.

Rep. Sam Farr (Calif.)

Rep. Bill Foster (Ill.)

Rep. Gwendolyn Graham (Fla.) — A GOP target in 2016.

Rep. Al Green (Texas) 

Rep. Gene Green (Texas)

Rep. Janice Hahn (Calif.) — Hahn will not seek reelection in the House.

Rep. Denny Heck (Wash.)

Rep. Jim Himes (Conn.) 

Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (Texas)

Rep. Steny Hoyer (Md.) — “I’ve not yet made a decision on what I’m going to do. There’s still a bit of time to go and developments to occur,” the House minority whip told Politico.

Rep. Derek Kilmer (Wash.)

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas)

Rep. Robin Kelly (Ill.)

Rep. Joe Kennedy (Mass.)

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.) — Congresswoman is running for the Senate, seeking Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) seat.

Rep. Ann Kuster (N.H.)

Rep. Brenda Lawrence (Mich.)

Rep. Ted Lieu (Calif.)

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.) — “The lack of transparency surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations is troubling. My vote on Trade Promotion Authority depends on the content of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, of which I have very limited information at this time,” Lofgren said in a statement.

Rep. Doris Matsui (Calif.)

Rep. Betty McCollum (Minn.)

Rep. Gwen Moore (Wis.) — Moore is leaning no.

Rep. Seth Moulton (Mass.)

Rep. Grace Napolitano (Calif.)

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas)

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) — Pelosi is the House minority leader.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (Colo.)

Rep. Scott Peters (Calif.) — Labor groups threatened to spend $1 million against Peters’ reelection bid if the swing-district Democrat votes for the trade bill, Politico reported.

Rep. Collin Peterson (Minn.)

Rep. David Price (N.C.)

Rep. Cedric Richmond (La.) — Richmond signed a letter offering support for fast-track but has yet to endorse the deal.

Rep. Terri Sewell (Ala.)

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.)

Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.) — Voted for all three trade deals in 2011 and supported fast-track bill in 2002.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) — DNC chairwoman voted for all three 2011 trade deals.