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Bill would require trade deals to be publicly available before fast-track vote

This all should have been done from the beginning, but the fact that it was not is a good sign that this, in particular, will likely fail.

These trade deals have been done with such great secrecy for a reason.  That reason is because they are not good for We The People.

Nothing more and nothing less.



A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling for a change to House rules to require the administration to make all trade deals publicly available for 60 days before they could be approved using fast-track authority.

The resolution, titled the Trade Review Accountability Needs Sunlight and Preview of Any Regulations and Exact Negotiated Components, was introduced by Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio).

In a statement, Kaptur criticized fast-track, also known as trade promotion authority (TPA), which would grant President Obama the power to send trade deals to Congress for up-or-down votes. Congress could also not amend trade deals submitted under fast-track.

“Today it has become more of a blank check for the executive and turned Congress into little more than a rubber stamp,” Kaptur said. “This legislation calls for an end to this dangerous and irresponsible approach and replaces it with sunlight in the form of public access and accountability.”