It’s one of today’s greatest threats to middle-class jobs, a living wage, clean air and water, digital rights, food safety, financial reforms and democracy as we know it.
As you read this, Republican leaders are working to pass the Hatch-Ryan bill, which would revive the controversial 2002 Fast Track mechanism largely opposed by the public and the majority of House Democrats. This extreme legislative procedure got us into NAFTA and the World Trade Organization, and led to decades of job loss, attacks on environmental protections and floods of unsafe imported food and products. It would allow a president to sign a trade deal — like the dangerous TPP — before Congress has voted to approve it, and then railroad the deal through Congress in only 90 days with limited debate and no amendments allowed.
Across the country, progressives have been working to make sure that our representatives will vote ‘no’ on the Hatch-Ryan Fast Track bill, which could be brought before the House of Representatives as early as June.
All but a handful of House Democrats publicly oppose Fast Track, and only two from New England have yet to make a public statement of opposition. Unfortunately, one of the two members who have not yet come out against Fast Track is Congressman Himes. In fact, he is the only member of the Connecticut Congressional Delegation who has not said ‘no’ to Fast Track.
Stopping Fast Track is how we defend our state and our country against the dangers of the TPP: offshored jobs, lower wages, higher medicine prices, unsafe food, increased fracking and much more.