The U.S. Congress is debating whether to let the Obama administration go ahead with negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a proposed trade agreement being crafted by 12 Pacific Rim nations including the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Peru, and Chile.
The TPP has com under fire in recent months. Based on documents made public by WikiLeaks, critics have charged that the TPP would give broad, new powers to corporations; stifle freedom of expression on the internet by tightening copyright restrictions; and create barriers to the enforcement of environmental regulations. Conversely, proponents contend that the agreement would bolster economic growth by opening new markets and allowing for greater ease of global trade with existing partners, and that the rules regarding intellectual property, the environment, and other issues have not been solidified yet.
U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio of Oregon’s 4th District – a vocal opponent of the TPP – is in the process of holding several meetings across the state to explain his position on the agreement. DeFazio has pointed to the intense secrecy surrounding the negotiations as well as language in the leaked documents as evidence that the TPP is “informed and manipulated by corporate interests.”
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