Following are what others are saying about the Trans-Pacific Partnership:
Below are the officials from Hawaii we have elected to serve Hawaii at the Federal level. To date, all have voted against the Fast Track or Trade Promotion Authority, and all four have spoken out about the serious problems with the TPP. A simple e-mail or phone call to say thanks for voting against the TPP will go a long way to ensure Hawaii stands firm against the TPP in its present form. Following are quotes from all four of our Hawaii team in Washington, working hard to support our interests:
Sen Brian Shatz – August 2, 2015, Honolulu Star Advertiser – Foreign investors could use TPP to challenge U.S. laws, leaving American interests without access to U.S. courts.
Sen Mazie Horono – August 2, 2015, Honolulu Star Advertiser – The secrecy surrounding the trade agreement does not bode well for Hawaii, especially for our agricultural industry.
Rep Tulsi Gabbard – August 2, 2015, Honolulu Star Advertiser – Like other trade agreements,TPP will likely cause a massive loss of U.S. jobs – and at an unprecedented rate.
Rep Mark Takai.- August 2, 2015, Honolulu Star Advertiser – Strength abroad starts here at home: We shouldn’t strengthen our foreign policy by weakening our domestic economy.
January 11, 2014, Former U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) “During my time in Congress, I have consistently advocated for better engagement with rest of the world and maintained that negotiating fair trade agreements with our international partners is essential in the 21st Century,” Hanabusa said. “However, I cannot support a measure that severely curtails Congressional review and amendment of proposed agreements, and would only allow for up or down votes for as long as the next seven years.
“I have heard the argument that transparency would undermine the Trade Representative’s policy to complete the trade agreement because public opposition would be significant. In other words, if people knew what was going on, they would stop it. This argument is exactly backwards. If transparency would lead to widespread public opposition to a trade agreement, then that trade agreement should not be the policy of the United States.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren, June 21, 2013
“The majority of Congress is being kept in the dark as to the substance of the TPP negotiations, while representatives of U.S. corporations — like Halliburton, Chevron, PhRMA, Comcast and the Motion Picture Association of America — are being consulted and made privy to details of the agreement,”
Senator Ron Wyden, May 23, 2012
“Each and every U.S. citizen should have the opportunity to read this agreement because if it is signed, the TPP will have a dramatic impact on our rights and our freedom.”
Congressman Alan Grayson, June 18, 2013
“The result will be soon evident to everybody. When the agreement does get released, you’ll see massive giveaways of our sovereignty; massive efforts to undermine the middle class in this country; massive efforts to keep us from making decisions that we need to do to make ourselves safe, to keep ourselves healthy, and to actually have the kind of life we want to have.
Why? Because we haven given the entire process over to special interests.
It’s no longer even properly called a trade agreement. It’s an ‘anti sovereignty agreement’. It’s very little of anything to do with trade, at this point. And the fact that something like this can be negotiated, in secret, for over three years, is an indication of how far our standards have fallen.
I can’t remember any time earlier in our history when we would have done this. I can’t remember anytime in our history when we would need to make an effort to say that we couldn’t have amendments on the floor of the House or the Senate about something that is so crucial to the way we conduct our lives in the future.”
Congressman Alan Grayson, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCMMmpENfVo&feature=youtube_gdata (starts at 3:28)
“While the Obama administration speaks publicly about protecting an open Internet and delivering open government, they continue pushing secretive agreements like ACTA and TPP that exclude the public and could undermine individual privacy rights and stifle innovation,” Issa said. “They need to explain this apparent inconsistency.”
Congressman Darrell Issa, May 16, 2012
“If instituted, the TPP’s IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons,” Assange said. “If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.”
Julian Assange, Founder, Wikileaks, November 15, 2013
‘Whatever one thinks about “free trade,” the secrecy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership process represents a huge assault on the principles and practice of democratic governance. That is untenable in the age of transparency, especially coming from an administration that is otherwise so quick to trumpet its commitment to open government.’
Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, June 3, 2013