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Power Play
 
By Bill Reinsch - June 11, 2015

Several weeks ago I had the experience of debating Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and, by extension, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), on television. My opponent, who opposed both, began with a comment that I’ve been thinking about ever since. She said this debate is not about trade; it’s about power. Her view was that TPA takes power from the Congress and gives it to the President, and TPP takes power from the workers and gives it to large multinational companies. Let’s examine both of these contentions.

 
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Skeptics’ Anti-TPP Arguments Fall Flat
 
By Gideon Gross, National Foreign Trade Council - June 10, 2015

As evidenced by the media coverage, the recent congressional activity surrounding Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation has led to a renewed focus on trade and ongoing U.S. trade negotiations. In particular, critics have taken to conflating TPA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), arguing for the rejection of TPA to forestall the TPP. However, lumping the two together has led to opponents fighting TPA based on provisions they dislike about TPP, even though the negotiations are not finished. The result is a premature jump to conclusions about what is in TPP, the likelihood of implementation of the agreement and the future policy consequences if it is passed.

 
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By Gideon Gross, National Foreign Trade Council
 
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