Brought to the table a couple of years ago, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) were trending topics of discussion. And rightly so! International trade deals like the TPP have the inherent capability to bring about economic integration that will destroy sovereignty, while the TPA grants unconstitutional power to the president for him to easily negotiate and then get the approval of Congress for such deals.
Unfortunately, now they’re both being resurrected in the news. Even though President Donald Trump gained popularity by opposing the TPP throughout his presidential campaign and by exiting the deal once he was elected, Trump’s Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin recently shared that Trump is now open to negotiations with members of the TPP
It would be wise to remind Trump of his previous view that the TPP was a bad deal for America especially with the TPA extension right around the corner. In 2015, Congress passed TPA with an expiration date of June 30, 2018. It will expire automatically unless President Trump asks for an extension. And, the Trump administration's trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, has already announced that the President will be applying for an extension. According to the Congressional Research Service
, the new extension would lengthen TPA to July 1, 2021.
We must take action to prevent the TPA extension!
Congress does have the power to end the TPA. If either the House or the Senate passes an extension disapproval resolution, TPA would expire on June 30. It is imperative that Congress reasserts its power to regulate foreign commerce. Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power “to regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.” The Constitution does not allow Congress to transfer or delegate this power to the executive or judicial branches of the federal government.
Not only is the TPA unconstitutional, it provides an easier path for the TPP, a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and other sovereignty-stripping multilateral trade deals to become a reality. It also potentially allows President Trump’s successor to hold this same unconstitutional trade-negotiating authority. The New American senior editor, William Jasper highlighted 7 reasons why TPA must be defeated
in 2015 before it was passed. These reasons are still just as relevant now as the extension is again up for debate. Make sure to read this article and then share it with others!
Next, call and ask your congressmen to sponsor and pass an extension disapproval resolution for TPA. Phoning your representative (202-225-3121) and senators (202-224-3121) and giving them or their staff reasons why they should do so will make the biggest impact. Our new legislative alert
highlights the top reasons to end TPA that can be utilized to make your calls. Then, follow up by emailing them with the same talking points to remind them of the importance of this matter.