Dave Johnson: I’m Not Making This Up: Corporations Use Trade Deals To Attack U.S. Law

President Obama says progressives who warn that trade laws let corporations overrule U.S. law are “making this stuff up.” Two attacks on U.S. laws and regulations are underway right now, illustrating how the “corporate courts” provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would open our country up to attacks from foreign corporations. [Reposted from the Campaign…

Summary of Senate Votes Last Week re TPA

  The Senate voted, last week, to pass Trade Promotion Authority (fast-track) bill 62 to 37. Here is a summary of all the votes. 48 Republicans and 14 Democrats voted for it. 32 Democrats and 5 Republicans voted against it. Here are the 14 Democrats: Michael Bennet (D-CO)Ben Cardin (D-MD)Maria Cantwell (D-WA)Tom Carper (D-DE)Chris Coons…

The Baseline Scenario: Why Is The White House Threatening To Veto An Imaginary Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)?

At today’s daily briefing, White House spokesman Josh Earnest communicated the president’s threat to veto any trade promotion authority (TPA) that “could undermine the independence or ability of the Federal Reserve to make monetary policy decisions”.  (The question was posed at minute 42:50, Mr. Earnest’s answer starts at 43:31, and the lead up to this…

NeFU: NeFU Brings Country Support for COOL to DC

Posted on May 22, 2015 For Immediate Release                                                                Contact:  John Hansen 402-476-8815 Nebraska Farmers Union Brings Country Support for COOL to Washington, DC LINCOLN (May 22, 2015) – Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) sent two of their state leaders to Washington, DC…

Politico: Ads offer support for fast-track advocates

The Progressive Coalition for American Jobs will aid ads in 11 states. [Reposted from Politico  |  Edward Isaac-Dovere  |  May 26, 2015] President Barack Obama has promised to protect anyone who gets hammered in next year’s elections for supporting his trade agenda. The Progressive Coalition for American Jobs, which is being advised by Obama campaign…

NYT: This Time, Senate Votes to Advance Trade Pact

WASHINGTON — A flurry of last-minute deal-making on the Senate floor Thursday rescued President Obama’s ambitious trade agenda from defeat, advancing legislation that would empower the president to complete a sweeping, 12-nation Pacific trade accord. [Reposted from The New York Times  |  Jonathan Weisman  |  May 21, 2015] The bill, the first to grant a…