The proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an unpopular
trade agreement with sweeping implications for the public’s health. The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) negotiated
the deal with 11 Pacific Rim nations in secret from the public and from most elected representatives, starting in 2010. But
USTR's appointed Trade Advisors representing the pharmaceutical, tobacco, alcohol, health
food, energy, IT, finance and other industries
had open access to the negotiations, and shaped U.S. trade priorities.
The TPP would confer new and expanded rights to transnational corporations to protect their profits over the
rights of democratically elected governments and the public, by challenging domestic laws and regulations before international
corporate-driven trade tribunals.
The Obama Administration
is campaigning for approval of the TPP during a “lame duck” session of Congress, convened after the Nov. 8 election. Members who have retired or just lost their election would still be able to vote during this
session, without concern for accountability to voters. Public health calls on our members of Congress for
a public commitment NOW, before the election, to vote NO on the TPP!