Eyes on Trade: Fact-Checking the Fact-Checker: Washington Post Gets It Wrong on Bogus Trade-Pact Jobs Claims

As the Obama administration seeks to Fast Track the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress over public and congressional opposition, it has resorted to a familiar tactic – promising job gains from the deal on the basis of unfounded assumptions. [Reposted from the Public Citizen blog  |  April 7, 2015] We have repeatedly warned against dubious TPP jobs claims by spotlighting the…

Made in USA Foundation: Chinese Drywall

Many homeowners in the United States have been suffering for years from contaminated Chinese home improvement products.  [Reposted from the Made In USA Foundation Newsletter  |  March 2015] Defective drywall was manufactured in China and imported to the United States starting in 2001. Laboratory tests of samples for volatile chemicals identified emissions of the sulfurous…

Huh? Oregon Blueberry Growers want Trade Deals?

Ron Wyden is getting pressure from Intel and Nike to approve fast track. But also (supposedly) blueberry growers. Which doesn’t make sense. This article in the Wall Street Journal reports on how the anti-Fast Track forces are trying to convince Senator Wyden (D-OR) to oppose making a deal with Senator Orrin Hatch. But I was…

Seattle City Council Opposes Fast Track

One week ago, the Seattle City Council voted to approve a resolution opposing Fast Track.  That resolution can be found here.  In addition, CPA wrote a letter to the City Council to support the resolution.  We received an email back in response, cut and pasted below. Thanks again to the Seattle City Council for opposing…

Washington Trade Daily: Hitting Canada on TPP

Canada’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiation is at risk because it has “declined to seriously engage” in talks about opening up its dairy, poultry and egg industries, according to the U.S. government’s chief agricultural negotiator, the National Post reported (see related report this issue). Ambassador Darci Vetter said the choice on whether to…