Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) could possibly introduce “‘fast-track’ trade promotion authority bill as early as this week,” Democracy Now reported. The bill would allow President Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and put it up for a yes-no vote in Congress without allowing amendments.
Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh recently sat down with Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch director Lori Wallach and Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) to discuss the the TPP’s secret negotiations and the damage it would to do the American labor market.
“Well, one of the sad and disturbing elements of this whole process has been the artificial secrecy that’s been imposed by the administration and by the trade representative on these dealings,” said Grayson.
“I can’t think of any other occasion, when I’ve served in Congress, when I’ve seen the element of deception loom so large here. The public is better informed of Iraqi attacks on ISIS, which you’d think would be classified, than it is informed on a trade deal that’s going to determine our economic future for the next 20 years.
Watch the full interview from Democracy Now.