The Fast Track fight showed that the movement to transform US trade policy is stronger than ever. Obama, Boehner and McConnell only won, in the final hours, by pulling out all the stops.
If we increase our strength by, say, 30%, we can win the next battle against the Trans Pacific Partnership. "Strength" means more active CPA members, including businesses and trade associations, in more congressional districts.
We learned in the Fast Track battle that the two basic touchstones are "Policy" and "Politics".
We won on Policy - because the facts show the past trade and global governance deals have been bad for our economy.
We almost, but not quite, won on Politics. The calls and emails to Congress were overwhelmingly negative on Fast Track. But the Obama-McConnell-Boehner triad were able to overcome in enough areas.
This is what we do.
* Grow CPA's Membership Nationally: We need more active CPA members - including businesses and trade associations - in more congressional districts. Especially GOP districts. Example: Four Republican legislators in New York state voted "no" because CPA member businesses and trade associations said that a "no" vote was good for local manufacturing. This overcame the GOP leadership and US Chamber of Commerce lobbying.
* Focus on the House. Fast Track passed by only two votes in the House. We will focus on educating the thirty to forty Fast Track "yes" votes that were not committed to "yes." All the while holding the prior "no" votes strong.
* Make an even more solid economic case. The best case scenario for the TPP is 0.4% growth in US GDP in the next 10 years. The worst case scenario is a Korea FTA-like result. We get more imports and little if any added exports.
* Make "Yes" votes feel the pain. The Congressmen and Senators that voted "yes" need to continue hearing that they are sell outs. Over and over.
Please let us know how you'd like to help in the advocacy against the TPP.
Also: please join us for our August organizing session: "Smart Trade and How to Win the TPP Battle" on August 13th, 2015, from 2:30 to 3:30 p et.