Elizabeth Warren: Broken Promises: Decades of Failure to Enforce Labor Standards in Free Trade Agreements

Elizabeth Warren’s report shows how we can trust virtually nothing that politicians promise with regard to trade agreements. Broken Promises: Decades of Failure to Enforce Labor Standards in Free Trade Agreements Prepared by the Staff of Sen. Elizabeth Warren Executive Summary The Senate will soon vote on the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act…

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Roll Call: Democrats: Don’t Cut Medicare to Fund Trade Deal

Senate Democrats successfully blocked debate on Trade Promotion Authority in their chamber until they were promised a vote on Trade Adjustment Assistance. [Reposted from Roll Call  |  Emma Dumain  |  May 18, 2015] A similar gambit faces longer odds in the House, but Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairmen Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona and Keith Ellison of Minnesota began Monday…

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The Hill: McConnell vows to pass trade bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday vowed to pass fast-track trade legislation before the Memorial Day recess, brushing aside calls for a prolonged floor debate on amendments. [Reposted from The Hill  |  Vicki Needham and Jordain Carney  |  May 18, 2015] “I want to be very clear … the Senate will finish its work…

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NYT: The Mis-selling of TPP

One of the great blog posts of all time was from Daniel Davies, who declared — apropos of Iraq — that [Reposted from The New York Times  |  Paul Krugman  |  May 19, 2015] Good ideas do not need lots of lies told about them in order to gain public acceptance. It’s a good dictum;…

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