Full Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership Reveals Free Trade Agreement That Promotes Corporate Rights Over Citizens' Rights

Posted Nov. 11, 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 Nov. 5, the Obama administration released the full text of the proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. The controversial pact, which will cover trade rules integrating 40 percent of the world’s economy, must now be voted on by the U.S. Congress. With the release of the full text of the agreement, Congress now has 90 days to review the TPP before President Obama can ask for an up-or-down vote under the terms of Fast Track legislation approved in June.

Opponents of the trade deal, including a broad coalition of labor, environmental and consumer groups assert that the actual elements of the agreement, now made public, are worse than originally feared. They cite an extension of intellectual property rights in the pact that will increase the cost and reduce access to critical life-saving drugs; the off-shoring of thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs to cheaper labor markets; and the flooding of the U.S. market with unsafe and unlabeled imported food.

Another divisive provision of the TPP, the Investor-State Dispute Settlement, or ISDS, allows 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. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Jessa Boehner, international program associate with Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, who summarizes the full text of Trans-Pacific Partnership, which she and other opponents believe advances corporate rights at the expense of citizen rights.

For more information visit Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch at citizen.org/trade; Stop the TPP Death Sentence at tppkills.org; Fkush the TPP at flushthetpp.org.

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