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The Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health (CPATH) brings a public health voice to the debate on trade and sustainable development. We conduct research, policy analysis and advocacy in the interest of protecting and improving the health of individuals, communities and populations; expanding access to health-related services; and advancing global economic policies that are democratic, sustainable, and socially just. This website provides resources on the links between the global economy and public health priorities.

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Public Health and Medical Groups To Congress: Oppose Fast Track [excerpt]

  Jan. 15, 2014 - We write in strong opposition to the Trade Priorities Act of 2014. This ill-conceived “fast track” proposal would allow complex trade agreements with sweeping implications for the public’s health to leapfrog customary legislative protocol, and be put to a rapid "up or down" vote without public hearings or amendments, including those in the interest of protecting the health and safety of the American people.

In the last decade, the scope of trade negotiations has expanded well beyond tariffs to include public health and access to health care, and other issues with a direct impact on domestic policy. The U.S is now engaged in negotiating major multi-party agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) with 11 Pacific Rim nations, and with the European Union, affecting a significant percentage of the U.S. and the global economy.

Removing Congress’ power and authority to consider trade agreements would set a dangerous standard for public health and for our democracy. To the contrary, current circumstances call for intensified transparency and involvement by the public and our elected representatives in Congress at every stage of trade negotiations.

Congress should conduct hearings in all relevant Committees to assess the impact of past, pending, and current trade agreements on population health, and mandate the appointment to all relevant trade advisory committees representatives of organizations that work to assure equitable access to affordable health-related services and products, and promote the health of individuals, communities and populations.

 

We strongly urge you not to abdicate your power and authority concerning trade agreements negotiated by the United States, and to retain your rightful authority for review, discussion, and revision of the TPP and all future trade agreements in the interest of protecting the health and safety of the American people. We strongly urge you to oppose the Trade Priorities Act. 



American Medical Students Association

Americans for Nonsmokers Rights

American Public Health Association

Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health

Human Rights and Tobacco Control Network

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer   
Physicians for Social Responsibility

Prevention Institute

 


 
Petition: Congress: Don't renew "fast track" authority

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APHA leaders support CPATH Call for Trade Accountability

Bringing a Public Health Voice to Global Trade and Sustainable Development
CPATH
Ellen R. Shaffer and Joe Brenner, Co-Directors
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phone 415-922-6204