Center for Food Safety
Center for Food Safety campaign leader

Fast Track essentially eviscerates our democratic legislative process. How? Traditionally, the Executive Branch negotiates a trade treaty. Congress must then ratify the treaty through the legislative process of review, discussion, amending texts, and other procedures. But Fast Track radically changes the legislative process by extending executive powers while restraining the influence of Congress. It allows the Office of the President to negotiate trade agreements that Congress must then accept entirely or reject entirely; no amendments are possible. Additionally, this straight up or down voting process is put on a “fast track” — meaning the trade agreement must be voted on within a limited amount of time and debate and discussion is also limited. This swallow-it-whole approach to ratifying trade agreements is a radical deviation from a careful, deliberative legislative process that should be a hallmark of a democracy.

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