While our eyes and attention are diverted to watching and – in Iowa – participating in the 2016 presidential horse race, politicians of all stripe continue to work to pass the worst trade bill in American history.
This is an issue that is getting absolutely no coverage in the media with the exception of one very small corner. That small corner of the media is the only media that is liberal these days, aka Free Speech TV. FSTV is funded through contributions and is therefore not beholden to corporate money so they do not have to answer to a master for what they program. The corporate media has totally abandoned any discussion of TPP at all. Even when corporate media discussed TPP at all it was in a mostly positive light.
Timing for the vote on TPP has not been determined. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell back in December stated he doubted it would happen before the 2016 election. While McConnell didn’t specifically say so, the main reason for wanting such a delay is that TPP is terribly unpopular among Americans and the party that passes it will be looked on as a pariah. Bad idea to pass such a hated bill during an election year. Within the Republican Party itself the thought of passing something that President Obama is pushing for simply causes much backlash. Thus the passage of TPP is not as certain as many would think.
Whatever the politics of the issue are in congress, your chance to have any effect on it comes to a close next Wednesday. The folks over at www.flushthetpp.org have put together a how-to in going about submitting a comment.
Here’s how you do it:
1) Comments are submitted at www.regulations.gov (we suggest you open it in a new tab).
2) Enter “USTR-2015-0012” on the Home page and click “search” or you can go directly to the comment page using this link: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USTR_FRDOC_0001-0366
3) When you are taken to the comment page, click on “Comment now” on the right hand side. You will be taken to an open comment page.
4) The http://www.regulations.gov website allows users to provide comments by filling in a “Type Comment” field, or by attaching a document using an “Upload File” field. USTR prefers that comments be provided in an attached document. If a document is attached, it is sufficient to type “See attached” in the “Type Comment” field. USTR prefers submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). If the submission is in an application other than those two, please indicate the name of the application in the “Type Comment” field.
5) Persons submitting written comments must do so in English and must identify (on the first page of the submission) “TPP Employment Impact Review.”
6) Follow the prompts on the page to complete your comment (see the information and sample comment below).
7) If you have problems, you can contact Yvonne Jamison of the USTR at (202) 395-3475.
There are also detailed information about provisions within the trade pact itself that should be commented on. At the end is an example of such a comment.
Let the powers that be know that we will not surrender American sovereignty and jobs without a fight.