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Mon Jun 27, 2016, 05:09 PM

 

Bernie Sanders Calls for Democratic Party to OPPOSE Trade Deal



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Sanders Calls for Democratic Party to Oppose Trade Deal



JUNE 27, 2016



BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday urged Democratic Party platform writers to take a stand against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed 12-nation trade pact that he said would have “disastrous” consequences for U.S. workers and the environment.

“The Democratic Party must go on record in opposition to holding a vote on the trade deal during the lame duck session of Congress and beyond,” Sanders said. “This is about preventing the outsourcing of jobs, protecting the environment, stopping pharmaceutical companies from increasing the price of prescription drugs, preserving our democracy and respecting human rights.”

At a platform drafting meeting last weekend in St. Louis, Missouri, Hillary Clinton’s representatives voted against a proposal to put the party on record against a vote in Congress on the trade deal. On the presidential campaign trail, however, both Clinton and Sanders opposed the agreement.

Sanders’ supporters plan to bring the trade deal up again when the full Platform Committee meets in Orlando, Florida, in early July and, if necessary, at the full convention later next month in Philadelphia.

“During the next days and weeks we will reach out to a large grassroots movement of working people, environmentalists, human rights advocates and religious groups to support an amendment to the platform in strong opposition to the TPP,” Sanders said. “If we succeed, we will be in a very strong position to stop a vote and to fundamentally rewrite our trade agreements in order to end the race to the bottom and to lift up the living standards of people in this country and throughout the world,” Sanders said

Every major trade union in the United States opposes the agreement that would make it easier for corporations to throw Americans out on the street and move factories to low-wage countries like Vietnam where the minimum wage is just 65 cents an hour.

Environmental groups oppose the pact because it would make it easier for some of the biggest polluters in the world to despoil the planet. Major religious groups say the deal would reward some of the biggest human rights violators in the world. Doctors Without Borders is strongly opposed because the agreement would raise prescription drug prices by making lower-cost generic drugs harder to buy.

The agreement also would give multi-national corporations the ability to challenge our nation’s labor and environmental laws if these laws would reduce expected future profits.




https://berniesanders.com/press-release/sanders-calls-democratic-party-oppose-trade-deal/

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Mon Jun 27, 2016, 05:12 PM

1. The Democrats will do well to heed Bernie's advice...

We don't need a NAFTA on steroids!

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Mon Jun 27, 2016, 05:51 PM

2. GATT/WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA are the engines of global corporate control.

 

The TPP is the next step in the corporate power grab -- it hands over nations that border on the Pacific to corporate control.

These trade agreements do much damage, but the worst thing about them is that they place corporations on an equal, or higher, basis than sovereign national governments. Most of the affected sovereign national governments are democratically elected, which means they serve the interests of, and are accountable to, their own people.

Without government protection, people are at the mercy of unelected, unaccountable corporate power.

These trade agreements allow corporations to plunder national resources, exploit citizens, override local laws, and run roughshod over environmental protections.

It is greed-driven barbarism. It must be stopped.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Mon Jun 27, 2016, 06:07 PM

3. K&R Yes! Bernie has been saying this all along!




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Mon Jun 27, 2016, 06:14 PM

4. I think putting anti-free tade language in the platform is futile

 

We need to convince Obama that TPP is bad for America. He's the one who is pushing it. Then we move on to Hillary.

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Tue Jun 28, 2016, 01:11 PM

5. + eighty gazillion

 

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