The letter below was sent to Sec. Clinton on August 25 by Communications Workers of America, CREDO, Democracy for America, 350 Action, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, Friends of the Earth Action and Public Citizen.
Dear Secretary Clinton,
As organizations active in the fight to protect American jobs, our environment, our labor rights, and our democracy from corporate control, we urge you to make a clear, public, and unequivocal statement opposing any vote on the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the post-election, “lame-duck” session of Congress.
We welcome your past remarks opposing the TPP. In particular, we were greatly encouraged by your words in a recent major economic address, declaring, “I oppose it now, I’ll oppose it after the election, and I’ll oppose it as president.” We believe such words have the potential to lead other Democrats in opposing this job-killing trade deal. Combined with the opposition of leaders such as Sens. Harry Reid, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, we are all stronger together when we stand up to the big corporations pushing the TPP.
Your continued leadership is sadly necessary as President Obama refuses to abandon this unpopular deal. In particular, the president has made it clear he intends to pursue a vote on the TPP during the lame-duck session. The White House recently submitted a Statement of Administrative Action that begins the countdown to a vote on the TPP in November or December. Administration officials, including cabinet secretaries, are currently fanning out across the country to pressure members of Congress to vote for the TPP after the election is over. Republican leaders have signaled they are open to negotiations that would lead to a TPP vote in the lame-duck session.
At the same time, the American public and their elected representatives in both parties are increasingly coming to the conclusion that the TPP puts corporations ahead of human needs on jobs and wages, human rights, access to medicine, climate change and more. In the face of such opposition, allowing a lame-duck vote would be a tacit admission that corporate interests matter more than the will of the people, relying on members of Congress who will be less accountable to voters. Regardless of the outcome, a vote itself would send an unmistakable signal that the game is rigged in favor of elites and against everyday Americans.
It is now more important than ever that the country, the Congress, and President Obama hear specifically that you oppose a vote on the job-killing TPP after the election. We urge you to immediately make a clear and strong public statement against holding a vote on the TPP during the “lame duck” session of the 114th Congress.
Communications Workers of America
Democracy for America
Fight for the Future
Friends of the Earth Action