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.

2 thoughts on “Letter: Stop ‘NAFTA on steroids’

  • Jun 1, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    What I want to know is IF this is such a great trade agreement, WHY has everything been done behind closed doors, WHY we don’t know what the “deal” involves, and WHO are the people making these deals and WHAT is their agenda????

  • Jun 3, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Last week, Wikileaks released the “Investment Chapter” of the Trans-Pacific Partnership — https://wikileaks.org/tpp-investment/press.html — and what it revealed was scary and surprising. The leak revealed plans to create a supranational tribunal where foreign corporations can sue governments for “expected future profits.” We already know the consequences of these tribunals. In 2012, a Swedish company sued Germany for phasing out nuclear power, and the cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris is currently suing Uruguay and Australia for laws that aim to curb smoking.

    Should Philip Morris Be Able to Sue Governments That Try to Curb Smoking? | The Nation | April 2, 2015

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