Letter: Stop ‘NAFTA on steroids’

From Elizabeth Lindquist

On May 18 the World Trade Organization ruled that US “country of origin” labeling on meat put Canadian and Mexican livestock companies at a disadvantage. Within days, the US House Agriculture Committee passed HR2393, a bill that would repeal this labeling requirement. Once the bill becomes law, it will be the latest example of an international trade court effectively overriding US law. Whether or not Canadian or Mexican beef is unsafe is irrelevant. The American people want to know where their meat comes from, and international courts should not have the ability to override our laws.

Currently the Obama administration is seeking Trade Promotion (aka “Fast Track”) Authority (HR1890) to continue to secretly negotiate several new trade agreements, all patterned after NAFTA. The most well known of these is the Trans Pacific Partnership. The corporations writing these agreements created the Investor-State Dispute Settlement court under which corporations (not just nations) can challenge our regulations, rules, government actions and court rulings — federal, state or local — before tribunals organized under the World Bank or the United Nations. Corporate lawyers acting as judges run these tribunals.

Our last chance to stop this is now.  The House will soon vote on HR1890. Call Rep. Kinzinger at 202-225-3635 and Rep. Bustos at 202-225-5905 and demand they vote NO on Fast Track.

Find more info on the TPP here: StopFastTrack.com.

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