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May 20, 2015

Should you need security clearance to read the bill?

Congress is being asked to vote without reading #TPP #fasttrack Please re-tweet.
 
President Obama is finalizing the 12-nation, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. He wants a “fast track” bill to prevent Congress from amending the TPP before voting on it.
 
There are two problems…

 

  1. YOU aren't allowed to even know what's in the TPP!
  2. Congress is being actively discouraged from reading it

 
That's why I told Congress to pass the “Read the Bills Act” through DownsizeDC.org.
 
Please do the same. You may borrow from or copy this letter…

 

The TPP proves why we need Downsize DC’s Read the Bills Act. Multi-national corporations have been involved in the negotiations. They have better knowledge of TPP than either you (as a member of Congress) or I do.
 
To read the TPP, members of Congress must…
 
* Go to a secure room and surrender your cell phone
* Hand over any notes you make before leaving (http://politi.co/1zHqLhU)
 
You might even go to prison if you discuss TPP details with me! (http://bit.ly/1Jkr0kX)
 
And…
 
Only Congressional staffers with high security clearance can read it. As one Senator observed….
 
“There is more access in most cases to CIA and Defense Department and Iran sanctions documents — better access to congressional staff and others — than for this trade agreement.” (http://n.pr/1JkomM5)
 
I DO NOT CONSENT to this process.
 
I DEMAND to be represented!
 
That means…
 
Do NOT let Obama ram the TPP through Congress…  
 
* Require that BOTH the fast-track bill AND the TPP itself be read, VERBATIM, before a quorum in the House and Senate.
* Give the public at least SEVEN days to read the TPP and send you feedback before the vote.
 
Know what’s in the TPP before you vote for it..
 
And…
 
Pass the Read the Bills Act!

–END OF LETTER–
 
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James Wilson
Policy Research Director
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.  
 

 

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