By Stephen Lendman
Source: Steve Lendman Blog
On June 18, House members narrowly approved fast track Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) – using procedural gimmicks, bribes and heavy pressure, the usual way corrupt politicians operate.
On June 23, Senate members followed suit. A cloture motion to end debate passed – clearing the way for a Wednesday vote expected to support TPA.
Public Citizen President Robert Weissman commented saying:
The usual “legislative contortions an gimmicks…hand(ed) (corporate predators) their top priority” – the right to ram through Congress with minimal debate and no amendments anti-consumer rapacious trade deals no responsible societies would tolerate.
Overwhelming public opposition doesn’t matter. So-called “free” trade deals are hugely unfair.
People know “these deals will means more export of jobs, more downward pressure on wages,” said Weissman – plus more environmental destruction and loss of consumer protections.
Proposed TPP and TTIP trade bills are corporate scams – designed…
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