March 4, 2015

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Tell Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track!

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Please make a quick phone call today to tell your representative why you oppose Fast Track!

Here’s what to do:

  1. Call 1-855-980-2349. You will be directed to your representative’s office.
  2. Use these talking points:

— Hi there, as a [STATE] resident, I am calling to urge you to vote against Fast Track, which would pave the way for the Trans-Pacific Partnerships.

— I’ve had enough of bad trade deals that trade U.S. jobs to the lowest bidder and increase the power of multinational corporations and Wall Street over our democracy.

— I urge you to stand up to this corporate power grab and vote NO on fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Thank you.

  1. Use the comment box below to let us know how your call with your representative’s office went! Were you able to leave a message or speak with someone directly? Did he or she indicate your representative’s position on the legislation?

Need more information on why Fast Track is bad for workers and communities? Here you go!

Once Fast Track authority is granted, Congress is allowed only limited debate on pending trade deals and is unable to offer improvements through amendments. That means it’s practically impossible for workers and consumers to have a voice on trade policies that may hurt them and their communities in the future – exactly as the corporate lobbyists negotiating these deals in private intended!

Fast Track wouldn’t allow adequate public scrutiny of significant trade deals and how they will affect American jobs, labor rights, the environment, food safety and other important issues. In other words, Fast Track would grant Congress license to expedite secretly negotiated trade policies written by the 1% for the 1%.

Trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, drafted by special interests in the backrooms of power, should be subject to vigorous democratic debate. “Fast Track” limits Congress’ ability to oppose specific provisions within trade agreements that would never pass on their own. We know from the record of failed trade deals like NAFTA that these provisions have a devastating impact on jobs, wages and communities. It’s time to learn a lesson from the millions of jobs lost because of trade deals passed under Fast Track authority.

Please call your representative now at 1-855-980-2349!

24 Comments on “Tell Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track!”

  1. David Scott

    Please do the right thing and do not vote for the fast track trade deal. Please do not let the rich few prosper at the expense of the many middle class and poor. How is that behavior / action just?

    David Scott
    aircraft mechanic at United Airlines

  2. Mark Andersen

    Please oppose Fast Track authority… the American people–via our representatives in Congress–need to be abel to make sure any agreement is truly in our national interests, creating jobs not shipping them overseas. Thanks so much!

  3. Sandra Abmayr

    I spoke to a real person; I gave my name and zip codes. I was very clear about why I am against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, citing Sen. Bernie Sanders as I spoke. Of course, all I got back was Thank you for your message, and I will pass it on to Rep. McCall.

  4. Clark Taylor

    Senator Warren is against fast track. I knew that but called to be certain.
    Senator Markey supports TPP, but is “monitoring it closely” to be sure it doesn’t hurt workers. The aide I talked to said in 1998 he had voted against fast track for one of the trade deals.
    Rep. Kennedy’s office took my message but didn’t know about his position

  5. Daniel

    Talked to staffer. Ryan is gung-ho pro-tpp & fast-track. I focused on the ISDS and the abdication of sovereignty to foreign powers and equated it to surrender, cowardice and treachery. I asked why he thought foreigners should be making our decisions instead of us.

    Ryan is an oligarch tool, so I doubt it will have any effect.

    He did look up my name on their computer system and said, “Oh yeah, we have you in the system.” Boy Howdy, do they ever.

  6. Mary Ellen Sinkiewicz

    Left a message. Surprised that your auto response software couldn’t match my zip to my rep, but gave me two options instead. There’s only one rep for my zip code.

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