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Sat Dec 20, 2014, 05:31 AM

Warren, Markey, and Baldwin Demand Answers from USTR on Backdoor Financial Deregulation in the TPP

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/18/1352827/-Warren-Markey-and-Baldwin-Demand-Answers-from-USTR-on-Backdoor-Financial-Deregulation-in-the-TPP

On Tuesday, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) sent a letter to US Trade Representative Michael Froman demanding answers about backdoor financial deregulation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The senators highlight three parts of the TPP that could undermine current and future efforts to regulate Wall Street and prevent another financial crisis:

(1) Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), which allows foreign companies or investors to sue governments for losses in expected profits

(2) "Market access" provisions that could prohibit restrictions on predatory financial products, like risky forms of derivatives

(3) Limitations on governments' ability to impose capital controls, which could stymie efforts to prevent future financial crises as well as efforts to pass a financial transaction tax

The senators asked USTR Michael Froman to respond to their questions, with negotiating text documentation, by January 6th.


http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/27584-focus-we-lost-this-time

I fought my heart out against that provision last week. So did tens of thousands of people who signed petitions, who called their representatives, who tweeted and Facebooked, and who spoke out about it.

We lost this time. But hereís what I want you to remember: Itís better to fight and lose than not to fight at all.

Itís better to fight because if you donít fight, you canít win. Besides, even when you donít win, you can change the game. Hereís a snippet from an article in The Hill newspaper earlier this week that shows what I mean:

ďOne senior financial industry executive said the dust-up over the funding bill has forced the industry to recalibrate its lobbying priorities for the coming year. Given Warrenís megaphone, the executive said, getting through the next Congress without new restrictions on large banks would constitute a win.Ē


Sure, thatís just one personís opinion. There are a lot of other people who work for big banks on Wall Street and in Washington who are salivating right now, making perfectly clear they view this as the beginning of a larger assault on financial reform. But without our fight, they would be looking at a much easier path to more bank handouts.

We know that our job is going to get tougher in 2015. Mitch McConnell has been saying for months Ė both out in the public and in secret meetings with the Koch brothers Ė what his plan will be when Republicans take control of the Senate: use every trick and political game they can think of to undermine President Obama and grind the government's work to a halt.



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eridani Dec 2014 OP
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Sat Dec 20, 2014, 06:01 AM

1. I guess Vitter was busy?

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Sat Dec 20, 2014, 06:54 AM

2. We must do all we can to back Warren up.

Even tho my Congress goons are all Republicans,I still send them my opinion, citing Warren every chance I get.

remember, they COUNT how much feedback they get, even if they do not reply, and they DO respond to pressure and loud voices.

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Sat Dec 20, 2014, 07:23 AM

3. American heroes......The TPP needs to be SCRAPPED.















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Sat Dec 20, 2014, 01:51 PM

4. This is a fight we need to, and will, win.










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