The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance has joined with 160 farm, food, rural, and faith groups to send a letter to Congress urging legislators to vote no on the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (TPP).
As the letter points out: “Independent family farmers and ranchers will see little benefit” from the TPP. “The main beneficiaries of the TPP are the companies that buy, process and ship raw agricultural commodities, not the farmers who face real risks from rising import competition.”
- Importers will be able to challenge individual border inspection decisions, second-guessing U.S. inspectors about what food is safe and not safe to let into our country.
- Agribusiness and biotech companies will be able to use international tribunals to challenge any real limitations on GMO crops and food, including any country, state, or local government that bans GMO imports, tests for GMO contamination, does not promptly approve new GMO crops, or requires GMO labeling.
- The TPP undermines “Buy American” rules, even when American tax dollars are being spent, giving companies in any TPP nation equal access to U.S. government procurement contracts.
- Thousands of new foreign companies would be able to use the TPP investor suit provisions to challenge federal, state or local laws that they claim interfere with their expected profit, bringing suit against our government in unaccountable international tribunals.
- The TPP will make it easier to relocate American jobs to low-wage countries. As Communication Workers of America president Chris Shelton observed, “It forces U.S. workers to compete with the 65-cent an hour wages of Vietnamese workers and the slave labor employed in Malaysia.”
It’s time for Congress to stand up for American farmers, workers, and consumers. Call your U.S. Representatives and Senators and tell them to reject the TPP!
I urge Representative/ Senator _____ to vote “No” on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.During the fight on Fast Track, many promises were made that the TPP would provide protections for American farmers, workers, and consumers. Those promises were not kept. The final text of the TPP includes provisions that will undermine democratically enacted laws on food safety, GMO labeling, and much more.Any benefit from reductions in tariffs is undermined by the failure to address currency manipulation. A few businesses may benefit, but the majority of American businesses and workers will be the losers, just as we have been under NAFTA, CAFTA, and the U.S.-Korean agreements.I urge you to vote No on the TPP.
Check out our press release about the groups’ letter and the TPP.
The text of the TPP is available here
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- Louie Gohmert: Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Upshur, and Wood Counties. Map (866) 535-6302
- Gene Green: parts of Harris County. Map (202) 225-1688
- Joaquin Castro: areas north and west of San Antonio, including Leon Valley and part of Alamo Heights. Map 202-225-3236
- Michael Burgess: most of Denton County and portions of Tarrant County. Map (202) 225-7772
- Blake Farenthold: Texas Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi and vicinity to Madagorda County and inland to Bastrop. It includes Victoria, Wharton, Bay City, Luling, Edna, Yocham, Gonzales, Refugio, Halletsville and Shiner. Map (202) 225-7742
- Beto O’Rourke: El Paso, 202-225-4831
- Ted Poe: parts of Harris County. Map (202) 225-6565
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- Lamar Smith: from northern San Antonio to Austin and the Hill Country; includes New Braunfels, San Marcos, Boerne, Kerrville, Leakey, and Fredericksburg. Map 202-225-4236
- Brian Babin: southeast Texas: Newton, Jasper, Tyler, Polk, Orange, Hardin, Liberty, and Chambers counties, as well as portions of southeastern Harris County. Map 202-225-1555