While distracted by the issue over South Carolina’s Confederate battle flag and President Obama’s use of a racial slur in a public forum, the U.S. Congress literally pulled a ‘fast’ one. The Senate has voted to advance Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on ‘fast-track authority.’
The 60-37 motion sets up a vote on final passage today. If the Senate approves fast-track or Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), it would then be sent to Obama’s desk to become law.
It’s not TPA that’s the problem; it’s what follows this piece of legislature, which makes this a danger to U.S. sovereignty.
As pointed out in my article, ‘‘Fast-tracking’ the Constitution’s Death,” from June 12: “Progressives in both parties want the TPA so they can ‘fast-track’ the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which includes 12 Pacific Rim countries. Under TPP, a new transnational governmental structure called the ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission,’ will be formed and chartered using a ‘Living Agreement’ clause, already in place in TPP.”
This commission will have sweeping power over U.S. trade, labor, immigration, environmental and commerce regulations. In other words, foreign and corporate powers will be running our country.
This means foreign lawyers representing multinational corporations will have more power than the average U.S citizens or even our elected officials, including Congress. So kiss the Constitution good-bye.