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Jeff Sessions: End Secrecy On “Obamatrade”

SENATOR WARNS OF TREATY’S SECRET PROVISIONS || By FITSNEWS || U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama has sent a letter to president Barack Obama demanding his administration be more transparent in conducting U.S. trade policy.  Specifically, Sessions wants Obama to let the public see what’s hidden inside a proposed Pacific Rim trade…

SENATOR WARNS OF TREATY’S SECRET PROVISIONS

|| By FITSNEWS || U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama has sent a letter to president Barack Obama demanding his administration be more transparent in conducting U.S. trade policy.  Specifically, Sessions wants Obama to let the public see what’s hidden inside a proposed Pacific Rim trade deal – a massive treaty he warns is a prelude to new global governance (and further erosion of American autonomy).

According to Sessions, approving Obama’s secret trade deal would be “pre-clearing a (new) political and economic union before a word of that arrangement has been made available to a single private citizen.”

“I would therefore ask that you provide to me the legal and constitutional basis for keeping this information from the public and explain why I cannot share the details of what I have read with the American people,” Sessions wrote.

Excerpts of Sessions’ letter were first published by Breitbart.com.

Sessions’ letter comes as Obama endeavors to gain trade promotion authority (a.k.a. TPA or “fast track”) for a massive crony capitalist trade deal with a number of Pacific Rim nations (the so-called TPP, or “Trans-Pacific Partnership”).

If Obama succeeds in gaining “fast track” authority, Congress would effectively be stripped of the right to amend, debate or oversee the TPP – the constantly evolving text of which is kept under lock and key in a basement room in the U.S. Capitol building.

We oppose both TPA and TPP – which we’ve collectively referred to as “Obamatrade.”

Agreements like this are far too impactful to be left to secret negotiations – especially in light of the disastrous economic impact of previous agreements.

And the potential loss of American sovereignty …

“To adopt fast-track is to agree to remove the constitutional protections against the creation of global governance structures before those structures are even made public,” Sessions wrote to Obama.

Sessions’ demand comes as leaked excerpts of the TPP – which were supposed to have remained secret until five years after the agreement was implemented – also revealed possible threats to the privacy of U.S. citizens.

This website has spent a lot of ink (or bytes) exposing the economic pitfalls of Obamatrade (nationally and here in South Carolina) – and debunking the notion that to stand against it is to oppose “free trade.”

We’ve also railed against the secrecy surrounding the deal.

We support Sessions’ efforts to bring some sunlight to this inherently corrupt process.  We also support those lawmakers who have taken principled stands against Obamatrade – and strongly encourage those who haven’t to stop screwing around with our livelihoods and our liberties.

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27 comments

Steven A. Smith June 6, 2015 at 1:54 pm

STOP OBAMA AND HIS ABSOLUTE POWER OVER EVERYTHING. HE IS A DICTATOR WHO DOES EVERYTHING BY EXECUTIVE ORDER AND BY PASSES CONGRESS, THE COURTS, AND THE CONSTITUTION. WHEN WILL SOMEONE STANDUP FOR THE PEOPLE?

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shifty henry June 6, 2015 at 2:08 pm

he’s still a cockroach and a piss-ant……

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SYNTwist June 7, 2015 at 5:03 pm

He’s gone? For real this time? No Flip, Pogo, whatever? Dang, I was gonna save this for him. Disqus will likely only let me post it once, so….enjoy: http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-06-07

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shifty henry June 7, 2015 at 5:54 pm

right on target(s)..!!

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Victorious Secret June 6, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Easy on the caps lock, pal. There was this guy that used to do that a lot, named GrandTurd. Fortunately, he’s gone, or in hiding.

Please don’t fill the void left by his departure.

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FastEddy23 June 6, 2015 at 10:09 pm

It just makes us all know for sure that your Playstation is broke.

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RogueElephant June 6, 2015 at 3:33 pm

I’ve been asking that question for six years. Don’t look to establishment Republicans for the answer.

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FastEddy23 June 6, 2015 at 10:07 pm

You are correct … But they are all in on the skim.

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FastEddy23 June 6, 2015 at 10:06 pm

Agreed … But you should get that caps lock key fixed.

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Steven A. Smith June 6, 2015 at 10:17 pm

The caps lock was by design.

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shifty henry June 6, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Sen. Sessions is right..! Someone needs to stand up and be bold enough to squeeze Lil’ Barry’s tiny meatballs.

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FastEddy23 June 6, 2015 at 10:11 pm

That’s Michelle’s turf. She has Him totally under control.

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SYNTwist June 7, 2015 at 8:57 pm

LMAO! You are …. I can’t click like on that, but I sure can laugh!

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Bible Thumper June 6, 2015 at 2:25 pm

TPP is basically a tax cut. A tax cut on what we buy from overseas and a tax cut for overseas customers of our exports.
It also protects our tradmarks, copyrights and patents.

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Victorious Secret June 6, 2015 at 2:41 pm

Tax cut? I don’t care what you want to call it. Unchecked power is a danger to all. It doesn’t matter if you like the results now, at some point, you won’t.

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RogueElephant June 6, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Where do you get that ? From Elizabeth Warren to Jeff Sessions is a wide chasm of political difference. Why would both be against it ? I am against it just because Obummer is trying to force it on US.

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easterndumbfuckistan June 6, 2015 at 4:01 pm

If Elizabeth Warren and Jeff Sessions are both against it, you can bet your bottom dollar it’s probably bad. That’s about as far apart as you can get.

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Just Some Liberal June 6, 2015 at 4:22 pm

I’m with you on that, Rogue!

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FastEddy23 June 6, 2015 at 10:18 pm

Mmmmm … That coffee really smells good. Glad to see that you all smell it too.

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FastEddy23 June 6, 2015 at 10:16 pm

I’m against it because we all have seen g’ment in action before. Setting up the Dept. of Commerce to be the bagman for the skim and payola is not going to help any free trade, ever.

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Bible Thumper June 7, 2015 at 8:51 am

62 Senators voted “yea” on TPA
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Capito (R-WV)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Cassidy (R-LA)
Coats (R-IN)
Cochran (R-MS)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Cotton (R-AR)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Daines (R-MT)Ernst (R-IA)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Gardner (R-CO)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kaine (D-VA)
Kirk (R-IL)
Lankford (R-OK)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Perdue (R-GA)
Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rounds (R-SD)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sasse (R-NE)
Scott (R-SC)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Sullivan (R-AK)
Thune (R-SD)
Tillis (R-NC)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Warner (D-VA)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)

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Bible Thumper June 7, 2015 at 9:53 am

NOT SUCH A WIDE CHASM IN THE TPA VOTE
How the Senate voted on TPA. 62 yeas, 37 neas
http://www.redstate.com/diary/freedomrepublican/2015/05/23/u-s-senator-voted-fast-tracking-obamatrade/

13 of the 15 most liberal Senators voted “nea.”
http://www.nationaljournal.com/pictures-video/the-15-most-liberal-senators-20140206

11 of the 15 Most Conservative Senators voted “yea” on TPA. 2 voted “nea”, one left office and Enzi, who is for TPA didn’t vote.
http://www.nationaljournal.com/pictures-video/the-15-most-conservative-senators-20140206

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FastEddy23 June 6, 2015 at 10:12 pm

Protects ’em from who? Gruberment? LOL.

As if the DOJ will do it? Too busy playing soccer…

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Victorious Secret June 6, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Unchecked power, regardless of who holds it.

One of the greatest dangers the world will ever know.

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FastEddy23 June 6, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Hallelujah, hallelujah … At last a bit of “open” Gruberment … maybe.

If those fools would just come clean and stop trying to hide the parts they know nobody outside of DC wants, then we all could separate the thieves from the merely corupt and get on with it.

Free Trade Happens. Having g’ment interference in the open markets is where the con men flourish.

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nitrat June 8, 2015 at 8:02 am

Jeff Sessions, yet another member of The Fellowship/The Family/C Street/National Prayer Breakfast religio-political-military-business Christian Libertarian cabal, who would never give you a straight answer about where he’s getting his orders, but wants ‘transparency’ from everybody else.

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TroubleBaby June 8, 2015 at 9:09 am

When government holds even “trade” deals secret, you know two things:

1. There’s some bad reasons why they are keeping it secret
2. They don’t give a shit about the people that elect/elected them.

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