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PA-11: Barletta Attacks TPP Trade Deal

Lou-Barletta-portrait-680x1024Trade isn’t exactly the most thrilling issue yet it’s currently stirring up a lot of passion in Washington.

The Obama Administration has spent the last few weeks pushing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

TPP is a trade deal with several Pacific countries that is awaiting approval from the U.S. Congress.

Liberal Democrats, led by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, oppose the agreement and are seeking to prevent its implementation.

Last month, Sen. Bob Casey voted against TPP in the Senate Finance Committee while his Republican colleague Sen. Pat Toomey supported it.

A new issue has emerged, though, that is threatening Republican support of TPP.

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions believes that the deal would allow the President latitude on immigration.

Immigration is a hot topic among Republicans who were angered by the President’s executive actions last November. In fact, the reason now-AG Loretta Lynch’s confirmation vote was delayed for months was because she supported the President’s policy.

Among those warning of the immigration ramifications of this trade deal is Pennsylvania GOP Congressman Lou Barletta.

“There’s a lot of fear that it’ll allow guest workers to come in and take jobs away from Americans,” Barletta told Seung Min Kim of Politico. “So there’s a lot of questions that the average American has on whether or not these deals are actually good for the American worker or not.”

Leading House Republicans deny the charges of Sen. Sessions and Rep. Barletta.

House Ways and Means Chairman (and 2012 VP nominee) Paul Ryan called such claims an “urban legend.” House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte went so far as to issue a letter to his colleagues on the subject.

“No one has been more vocal than me in their criticism of the Obama Administration’s attempt to unconstitutionally rewrite our immigration laws through the grant of administrative legalization to millions of unlawful aliens,” the Virginia Congressman wrote. “There is nothing in the current draft of the TPP that will in any way advance or facilitate this or any other unconstitutional action by the Administration.”

6 Responses

  1. Trade Agreements… a joke… Do not help small business or workers in the United States; Only help large corporations that can afford to move operations overseas to have cheap labor with no workers comp… no OSHA… no family leave act… etc… etc.
    Now service jobs have moved overseas with manufacturing since the telecommunications technology boom… And I am tired of talking to someone in India or some other country in the Asian Pacific that I can hardly understand. That should be enough to tell you another Trade Agreement is destructive to jobs in the U.S.

  2. Feeling nostalgic for the ’50s… uh… 1850s? Lou Barletta is reaching way back in Republican history and starting the Know-Nothing Caucus for legislators who are worried that the Germans and Irish Catholics… er… Latinos (and Chinese?) are overwhelming the country with their un-American values, tyrannical papal control… er… stealing of jobs, icky foreigner diseases, and funny non-English talk. With the slavery issue settled, that won’t be a problem bringing down this new, 21st century movement this time around!

  3. TPP & Global Treaties;
    ‘Schadenfreude’ & the Public; Too ‘Unenlightened’ to Figure out ‘The Global Sleight of Mind’ Illusion.
    – David ‘Copper’ Smith

    Global Treaties Not about How Much Trade, but, How & Who to Trade with and ‘Undermine’ AIIB.

    Individual States & Provinces Jump at Opportunity to: Refuse, or, ‘Over Charge’ Business Licenses, Raise Targeting Prov./State Taxes, ‘Road’ Taxes, etc. to Recoup Global Treaties’ Suits (plus Earn Lucrative ‘Punitive Damages’) from Non Good Corporate Citizens (non-Compliant of Prov./State laws), Associated/Support Corps., Securities Exchanges, et al?

    The limited number of direct beneficiaries of the CETA, TPP & the other global treaties (ie. the global corporate leaders & their ‘preferred’ shareholders), are most desperate to keep from the prying, due diligence eyes of the of the potential global un-preferred shareholders’ & the harmless NON shareholders.

    The fact of the matter is, the flurry of global treaties have very little to do with trade. The treaties are about ‘preferred’ trading partners who are successfully attempting to legitimize for the signatories of the treaty/’Arrangements’, settlements of the TPP’s ‘contrived’ disputes, et al, by enabling the parties to alleged ‘disputes’ to use non adversarial settlements whereby,

    the corporations & preferred shareholders ‘merely’ shift all of their costs from themselves to the harmless NON shareholder & the un-preferred shareholders, ie. the general public/individual taxpayers.

    These costs include the costs of determining:
    1) which harmless non shareholders will have to pay corporations & some SHAREHOLDERS (‘preferred’ SHAREHOLDERS) for the corporations’ ‘mistakes’, contrivances, unrealistic, &/or, any expectations, etc.,
    2) how high (win-fall) the punitive penalties, awards, damages, etc. will be
    without the harmless NON shareholder being represented throughout the determination
    of, not, if the NON shareholders are guilty, but, ‘merely’ how ‘guilty’ the harmless NON shareholders are with no means/opportunity to appeal the decisions by way of the Treaties’ (‘Death-Star-Chamber’) new superseding, cyber jurisdiction Tribunals,
    3) et al.
    For Further Information, see,
    ‘TPP & Global Treaties & Anti AIIB’.
    Also see;
    ‘The Submission’ to The SUPREME COURT of CANADA:
    “The SHAREHOLDERS & Corporations of AMERICA, Australia, Canada, the EU, et al
    the harmless Canadian NON shareholders, both; Native & non Native, et al”
    ‘The MERKEL (Chancellor of Germany) Letter; To Sue, or, Be Sued?’
    IS HOLLYWOOD PART of the (TPP Global Treaty & Anti AIIB) PROCESS, or, OUT-of-the LOOP, too?
    – L.A. Times, Apr. 7, 2015, blog

    It may regrettable that the simplest & most basic information & questions that can lead to a much more secure & profitable relationship between the potential signatories of the TPP & China, et al, has not been shared with Defense Secretary Carter for his humble consideration. Perhaps, he may consider answering some of the enclosed questions in order for us to get a better idea of what his understanding is of how the TPP & other Global Treaties can be vastly improved inclusively & thereby, minimize, &/or, eliminate the dangerous problems below that have led some to understand that

    ‘What the TREATY of VERSAILLES was to the 20th century (ie. provided the basis for World War II) PALES in COMPARISON to the TPP, CETA, C-CIT, NAFTA, et al, in the 21st’.

    Unless, of course, the long term economic destabilization and subsequent (secret) military weapons development & appropriations are the intent of DefSec Carter, et al, in the secret (Death-Star-Chamber) ‘arrangements’ of the TPP & the Global Corporate Treaties/Agreements.
    But, how many ‘savvy’ Americans & their global corporate associates are ‘poised’ to make windfall profits from their international cross investments, ‘nest-feathered’ lawsuits & preplanned treaty ‘arrangements’ at the direct expense of the harmless non shareholders, ie. 95% – 99% of America, et al?
    While the good sales folks of Wall St. may prefer to tell their ‘Enron-able’ customers who were also the victims of ‘The Preliminary Foray of The Wall St. Meltdown’, et al, that it’s just some Unions that are fighting back, how much of the Fighting Back of Unions against the Secret, Unethical & Anti-Democratic Arrangements of The Global Treaties’ ‘Death-Star-Chamber’ Tribunals, can be understood in the context of the harmless NON Shareholders, including Union members, fighting to Survive (not ‘thrive’) Against the Uncaring, ‘Profits at Any (body else’s) Costs’, SHAREHOLDERS & their Colluding, Global Corporate Leaders?
    – Wall Street Journal, blog, Mar. 25, 2015


    How Many Preferred Shares of TPP, C-CIT, TTIP, CETA, et al, Generated Enterprises are You Selling your Right to Sue the Global Corporate Economy for? ‘New’ Shareholders Can Over-Rule TPP, CETA, TTIP, et al, Plans?

    But, If Not PUTIN; ‘The WHITE KNIGHT’, then Who Do YOU Want to Bankroll the Saving of the harmless NON shareholders of the World from TPP’s, CETA’s (TTIP) Secret ‘Death-Star-Chamber’ Tribunal Penalties?
    Will China, Iran, the Muslim World, et al, Support Putin in Suits?
    How about Warren Buffett, &/or, the ‘coveted’ Hong Kong investor, et al?
    FULL Article, see;
    Please consider sharing the enclosed information & questions with 10 friends who will share it with 10 others…

  4. I am 100% certain that I have never before been in agreement with Lou Barletta and Jeff Sessions on ANY issue – until now. That just tells you what a piece of junk this TPP deal is. And the secrecy? Unprecedented:
    “If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door. If you’re a member who wants to read the text, you’ve got to go to a room in the basement of the Capitol Visitor Center and be handed it one section at a time, watched over as you read, and forced to hand over any notes you make before leaving. And no matter what, you can’t discuss the details of what you’ve read.”

    “It’s like being in kindergarten,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), who’s become the leader of the opposition to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda. “You give back the toys at the end.”

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