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house Bill H.R. 1890

Should Congress Approve the ‘Fast-Track’ for Free Trade Agreements (Like TPP)?

Argument in favor

There is bipartisan agreement that this bill will open markets for U.S. exports, give the U.S. more access to imports, and save average consumers money. Congress would still have a chance to weigh in, and ultimately approve or deny any trade agreements.

BarackObama's Opinion
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05/04/2015
"If I didn’t think this was the right thing to do for working families, I wouldn’t be fighting for it.” [twitter.com/POTUS]
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Hameltor's Opinion
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05/04/2015
Promoting trade decreases nationalism and promotes peace. Trade makes everyone better off economically and socially
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Cary's Opinion
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05/06/2015
Juice the economy with free trade agreements.
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Argument opposed

This bill doesn't protect American workers who could lose their jobs because of the increased competition from "fast-tracked" trade agreements. It also gives too much negotiating power to the President and corporations — not the American people.

BernieSanders's Opinion
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05/19/2015
"Trade agreements should not just work for corporate America. They have got to benefit the working families of our country. We need to fundamentally rewrite our trade agreements so that our largest export does not become decent-paying American jobs."
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Jason's Opinion
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05/05/2015
I've yet to hear a compelling reason why a trade agreement like this should be hidden from the public for their own good.
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Dylan's Opinion
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05/04/2015
The TPP was written by corporate lawyers, not by people looking out for people, but lawyers looking out for profit.
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    "If I didn’t think this was the right thing to do for working families, I wouldn’t be fighting for it.” [twitter.com/POTUS]
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    "Trade agreements should not just work for corporate America. They have got to benefit the working families of our country. We need to fundamentally rewrite our trade agreements so that our largest export does not become decent-paying American jobs."
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    I've yet to hear a compelling reason why a trade agreement like this should be hidden from the public for their own good.
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    The TPP was written by corporate lawyers, not by people looking out for people, but lawyers looking out for profit.
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    This harms the American worker, and gives corporations far too much power.
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    "The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a big, secret trade deal that, if fast-tracked, could drive down American wages, cost America jobs, and undermine America's manufacturing base. With Fast Track, all Congress can do is vote yes or no on TPP. It’s all or nothing: no matter how bad the deal turns out to be." [martinomalley.com]
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    Trade agreements can impose and have imposed ipso facto law on all Americans. The president alone should not be able to shape them.
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    We have to control how we do business with the world in an open and transparent manner.
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    Promoting trade decreases nationalism and promotes peace. Trade makes everyone better off economically and socially
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    To paraphrase President Obama in 2003, I'm not against all trade, I'm against stupid trade. And trade that doesn't keep a level playing field for our workers is stupid trade.
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    We really don't know much about the agreement. So why fast track it? Sounds like they want to sneak it past the American people so that the Big Corporations can have their way. Besides, why would we, the American people, want to give foreign corporations the ability to SUE OUR COUNTRY if our laws don't please them? We might as well hand over the country to the Big Corporations right now. NOT~!!!!!
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    Juice the economy with free trade agreements.
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    Export what? We don't make anything anymore. We cannot afford more "free trade", it costs too many American jobs and results in lower wages.
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    Trade agreements make goods and services cheaper, but the cost to American jobs is too high! If this was a good deal, then there would be no need to Fast Track it through. Makes it look like you're not being transparent.
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    "I have no problem supporting TPP" -@JebBush
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    There will always be unforeseen situations such as cropped up with NAFTA and worse when dealing with CHINA, however, these sound like realistic goals to start with. America needs to get back on her feet. America is a country big in name but small in population and with our having built or rebuilt the rest of the world we are finding it difficult to catch up to our own world creation. We can not afford to fall further behind and I pray ALL political parties can see that and work towards the strengthening of AMERICA once again.
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    Allowing the government to hide Massive trade agreements written by cooperate lawyers. There is no reason that these bills can't be shown to the American people
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    I believe that a free trade agreement trumps the unions concerns about losing jobs. The unions need to spend more of their dues $ on retraining their members for new job skills.
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    Trade agreements must be vetted through congress and made fully public to the people of the United States. "Fast Tracking" benefits companies at the expense of the understanding and inclusion of the citizenry.
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    The US is lagging behind economically, there's not doubt about that. Giving corporations the incentive they need to export more production out of the U.S. is not the answer. Instead let's lower taxes so that production of products can be brought back to the U.S. Making our own goods is the backbone of any economy.
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