Target: U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk
Goal: Be more open with Congress and the American people on Trans-Pacific Trade agreements.
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has used secrecy as his policy, denying members of Congress the opportunity historically afforded to U.S. legislators to provide input on trade deals. According to Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, the U.S. Trade Representative has consulted with “over 600 mostly corporate advisors on the context of the classifed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) text,” while continuing to deny access to Congress and their constituencies who will be greatly impacted by the policies within.
Congressman Kucinich (D- Ohio) claims that what is known of the TPP looks worse than the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Like NAFTA it will perpetuate a legacy of deregulation, the outsourcing of American jobs, and the undermining of U.S. environmental and health laws. If the TTP proceeds in this manner Americans will experience greater difficulty in gaining employment in this down economy, a shift no constituent would ask for.
Sign this petition reminding U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to make the American interest and domestic job creation a top priority in shaping new Trans-Pacific partnerships and trade negotiations.
Dear U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk,
In June of this year, over 100 Members of Congress gathered together asking you, the U.S. Trade Representative, for more transparent negotiations and to provide Congress with the vital opportunity to provide input for the agreement. Thousands of people across the country and a broad range of civil society groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Medical Student Association and the AFL-CIO are calling for increased transparency and accountability in the TPP negotiation process.
Deregulation, outsourcing of American jobs, and the evasion of environmental and health laws is not what is best for the U.S. public, your constituency. When will you listen to our requests and use your position of power for the good of the American people? Why is the process so secret? Shouldn’t we know the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership before the election?
I am following this issue closely. American democracy crumbles without transparency. Give us access to TTP content so that we may discern if we support or oppose your covert, far-reaching trade decisions. May American improvement and vitality be the goal.
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