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Hatch thinks TPP countries will "honorably" do what he wants?

September 13, 2016

by Michael Stumo

Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch is predictably relaxing his TPP demands for Big Pharma data exclusivity stating he doesn't need a side agreement but some other agreement that "honorable countries" will live up to.

Big Deal: Law Profs and Economists Oppose Global Corporate Courts in TPP

September 08, 2016

by Michael Stumo

In a significant development, over 200 law and economics professors across the United States oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty and the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) because they grant new power to foreign corporations to sue the United States outside the regular court system.

Obama's TPP will hurt black and Hispanic workers even more than white workers

September 08, 2016

by Michael Stumo

President Obama received strong support from black and Hispanic workers but his TPP will hurt them even more than white workers.

Treasury Sec's solution on selling TPP - Cheer louder

September 01, 2016

by Michael Stumo

National Public Radio interviewed Treasury Secretary Jack Lew revealing that he has zero understanding of voters concerns on TPP.

TTIP is dead. Or maybe they're making progress

August 30, 2016

by Michael Stumo

Are the TTIP talks dead, as Germany's Vice Chancellor said? Or are they making progress, like the Obama administration countered?

Cornyn brutally attacks strawman in op-ed

August 30, 2016

by Michael Stumo

Senator John Cornyn, writing in an op-ed yesterday, vigorously - and oddly - rebutted anti-trade deal arguments that nobody actually makes.

McConnell's strongest "No-TPP-In-Lame-Duck" statement yet

August 26, 2016

by Michael Stumo

Mitch McConnell told the Kentucky Farm Bureau this week that the TPP will not be acted on this year.

Why doesn't Sen. Wyden care about trade deficits and offshoring?

August 23, 2016

by Michael Stumo

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has never expressed concern about trade deficits, an unfortunate neglect in his position as Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Finance Committee. He has also never expressed concern that his "yes" vote on the Korea trade agreement in 2011 resulted in a doubling...

Surprise: Sen Toomey flips on TPP

August 17, 2016

by Michael Stumo

Toomey just announced that he opposes TPP. His reasons are not the trade deficit or currency manipulation. Rather he cites Pharma, IP and dairy issues as objections. He has been very strongly opposite us on trade deals, but this opposition looks good for the remainder...

Stefanik (R-NY-21) announces TPP opposition

August 16, 2016

by Michael Stumo

Good news... Rep Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) announced her opposition to TPP last week. It shows that our CPA strategy to work with state and local trade associations is working. Stefanik was a member of the Bush 43 White House. She directed debate prep for Paul...