TPP Is Not Dead, Unfortunately

The reports of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s death have been greatly exaggerated, unfortunately. [ Lori Wallach| August 31, 2016 | Huffington Post] It would great news if the pact, which would mean more power for corporations over our lives and government, and fewer good jobs for Americans, were ready to be boxed and buried. But more…

Duckworth goes on the attack over free trade

[Greg Hinz| August 29, 2016 | Crain’s] Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Tammy Duckworth is doubling down on her opposition to current U.S. trade policies, saying too many Americans have been hurt by bad deals. But incumbent Mark Kirk says she’s guilty of “hypocrisy.” Duckworth’s move comes in a new TV spot focused on downstate Granite…

Cornyn brutally attacks strawman in op-ed

by Michael Stumo Senator John Cornyn, writing in an op-ed yesterday, vigorously – and oddly – rebutted anti-trade deal arguments that nobody actually makes. In the Houston Chronicle (subscription required), Cornyn wrote: Candidates from both parties have argued that [free trade] this core tenet of capitalism should be completely rewritten, if not entirely erased. The…

McConnell: Senate won’t take up TPP this year

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared to close the door Thursday on the Senate taking up the Obama administration’s signature Asia-Pacific trade deal during what’s left of the president’s term. [Jordain Carney| August 25, 2016 | The Hill] “The current agreement, the Trans-Pacific [Partnership], which has some serious flaws, will not be acted upon this year,” McConnell…