I called Senator Rubio and Congressman DeSantis offices to reaffirm my concern about S.1900/HR.3830 as well as be sure they had the number and name of the “fast track” bills. I also asked if I could email my concerns in full and how I would go about doing so. Yes, go to their websites and they would be sure to direct the email by my subject line to the proper staff member. Worth a shot. The following is what I plan on sending/posting at Senator Rubio’s .gov address. The same email with HR.3830 to Representative DeSantis. Helpful suggestions welcomed. Will attach (below this post) Bill Nelson’s response to my email last week–his staff don’t take calls.
Subj: S.1900 “Trade Promotion Authority”
S.1900 “Trade Promotion Authority” a/k/a “fast track” gives the President unilateral power to present contracts a/k/a “agreements” for consent only.
S.1900 will abdicate the responsibility of the Senate to deliberate and examine legislation in a thorough manner to determine the benefit for the people of the United States and the promotion of their general welfare.
S.1900 uses the word “Trade” in the title as a way to subvert the Constitutional Treaty provision Article II, Section II, paragraph 2 that calls for the “Advice and Consent of the Senate” on Treaties between the United States and other Nations to present contracts written by corporations as Treaties with corporations.
The Presidential “fast track authority” that may have unConstitutionally abdicated the Senate’s authority of Advice on Treaties expired in 2007. It is the duty of the current Senate to deliberate the Constitutional merit of abdicating their “Advice” responsibility in light of the damage the Nation has incurred from “Trade Agreements” commencing with NAFTA.
When the United States Congress abdicated its responsibility to examine and give “Advice” on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and consented to it as though it was a Treaty between the Nations of Canada, Mexico and the United States, the Congress also conferred the status of “borderless Nations” upon corporations with equality to the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Corporate nationhood status enabled corporations to use the World Trade Organization to bring suit against the three Nations together or separately and obtain rulings that struck down National laws under the guise of restraint of trade.
An example is the proudly displayed “Dolphin Safe Tuna” words and logo. Spurred by citizens and Congressional legislation, it took many years of effort by the United States tuna fishermen to invent ways to reduce or eliminate the drowning of dolphins while netting tuna. The label was ruled an unfair trade practice by the WTO as customers would naturally prefer a dolphin friendly product versus one that was not.
Another example is the “Country of Origin” label on food. Obviously, customers prefer food from countries that have strong regulation and oversight of food from the farm to their grocery store purchase. Here, too, the “corporate nations” objected to the “unfair trade practice” that catered to customers’ bias toward Nations that have strong regulations on food.
Another infamous example is the “giant sucking sound of jobs and industries leaving the United States.” The United States trade deficit has increased through importing goods that were once manufactured in the 50,000 factories closed and shipped overseas since 2000.
The damage of NAFTA pales in comparison with TPP.
S.1900 paves the way for a quick “Aye/Nay” vote on the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) contract/agreement that elevates corporations above Nations.
The 2000-page contract written by representatives of global corporations bypasses laws enacted by Congress and judicial review by the courts of individual Nations and substitutes a corporate-appointed tribunal to resolve disputes between Nations and corporations.
Please vote NAY on S.1900
Subject: RE: Your response from Senator Bill Nelson
Date: 01/17/2014 04:47 PM
Thank you for contacting me regarding Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which expired in 2007.
Under TPA, the President is able to enter free trade agreement negotiations that would benefit the U.S. economy and boost our exports. But Congress maintains its constitutional authority to review any trade deal negotiated under TPA and ultimately approve or reject it. Recently, Senators Baucus and Hatch introduced legislation that would renew TPA authority through 2018. The bill, the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014 (S. 1900), is currently pending before the Finance Committee. An identical bill was introduced in the House by Representative Camp (H.R. 3830).
I believe we should do all that we can to strengthen our economy. That includes enacting only those trade agreements that are in the best interests of American workers and stopping tax breaks for big corporations that ship jobs overseas. If managed wisely, I believe the benefits of trade expansion far outweigh the disadvantages.
While I support opening foreign markets to U.S. exporters, I believe it is imperative that as we negotiate new trade agreements with other nations, we don’t compromise our core values for our trade objectives. This means ensuring that fair labor standards and environmental protection provisions in trade agreements are consistent with U.S. laws and U.S. sovereignty. Please know that I will work with the President, the Secretary of Commerce, and the U.S. Trade Representative to address these issues.
I appreciate your taking the time to inform me of your views on this issue. I’ll keep your thoughts in mind as the Senate considers relevant legislation. Please feel free to contact me in the future.