Coalition Campaigns to Defeat Transpacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement in Congress

Posted Oct. 21, 2015

MP3 Interview with Jessa Boehner, international program associate with Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, conducted by Scott Harris

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On Oct. 5, the U.S. and 11 other nations concluded negotiations on the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement that is designed to integrate 40 percent of the world's economy. The TPP, as it's known, must still be voted on by the U.S. Congress, where a broad coalition of labor, environmental and consumer groups are working to defeat the controversial trade deal.

While the final text of the agreement has not yet been made public, President Obama has maintained from the beginning of the negotiating process that the pact will include the "strongest labor protections of any free trade agreement in history." But opponents who have seen leaked text of the agreement's provisions maintain that approval of the TPP will result in job loss, lower wages and higher prices of pharmaceutical drugs.

The divisive Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions of the TPP allow multi-national corporations to challenge local, state and federal public health, environmental, consumer and labor laws, as well as court rulings if a claim is made that they impinge on business profits. Those claims would be adjudicated by unaccountable tribunals organized under the World Bank or the United Nations. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jessa Boehner, International Program Associate with Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, who explains why a growing coalition is opposed to the TPP and the next steps in the campaign to defeat the trade deal in Congress.

For more information visit Public Citizen at citizen.org/trade; tppkills.org; Corporate Attacks on the Public Interest: ISDS at www.isdscorporateattacks.org; Flush the TPP at flusshthetpp.org/about; Speak Out Against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement at act.eff.org/action/speak-out-against-the-trans-pacific-partnership-agreement.

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