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The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Fast Track this coming Friday.
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has announced there will be a vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), H.R.1314, also called fast-track,THIS FRIDAY. Fast-track authority is essential for the future passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive international trade deal involving twelve countries.
Members of Congress are told that fast-track will allow them to influence what’s in the TPP, but the deal has already been in the works for six years. They can only read it by visiting a secure location in the Capitol, cannot take notes with them, and can only be accompanied by staffers with security clearances. Few Members have bothered to read the agreement, even as they prepare to give President Obama enormous power to finish it.
Two Members who have read it are Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), and they were alarmed by the contents. In a joint statement, Sen. Sessions and Rep. Hunter slam the Obama administration for its secrecy. They reveal that the TPP would create a new commission that could issue regulations binding member nations: