“Based on our 20-year experience with the broken promises made on behalf of earlier trade deals, it is clear that we should proceed very cautiously with the TPP – the largest trade deal in U.S. history. We must have a rigorous and open debate about the TPP and reject attempts to “fast track” the TPP in Congress.“We have heard all these promises before in support of previous free trade agreements (FTAs). A review of the actual impacts of these FTAs proves that these promises are worthless. In fact, trade agreements have failed to deliver on promises to create good U.S. jobs, trade surpluses, improved workers’ and human rights, and a cleaner and more sustainable environment.“There is nothing in the TPP —or in the contentions of its proponents —to show that it will be different than the previous record of broken promises. Indeed, the TPP will be worse because it expands and extends the failed policies of past trade agreements to a region that accounts for 38% of total world economic activity.”
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