A New Trade Deal Is the Best Kept Secret in Washington

November 19, 2013

Have you heard of the TPP (Tran-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement)? If not, the reason is probably because the 12 participating countries have agreed to keep the text of the deal secret. That’s right. Unlike a normal law, average citizens don’t have an opportunity to read what is coming and weigh in with their elected officials. The AFL-CIO thinks that’s wrong. Especially when trade deals since the North American Free Trade Agreement have affected everything from jobs and wages to food safetylocal zoning decisionsfinancial stability and even government preferences for American products (known as Buy American provisions).

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