TPA: Power to the People
By Bill Reinsch, NFTC President - May 12, 2015

Last week, I debated the merits of Congress enacting Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, and, by implication, the merits of the yet-to-be-concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. What was unexpected was the direction the debate took. My “opponent,” who opposes both TPA and TPP, said, in essence, this debate is not about trade; it’s about power. TPA will take power away from the people and the Congress and give it to the President. TPP will take power away from the people and give it to large multinational corporations. 

Thinking about it afterwards, it occurred to me that this is an extraordinarily revealing statement that deserves closer analysis.

By Bill Reinsch, NFTC President
The Ironies of Opposing TPA, TPP, TTIP and Other Trade Agreements
By Bill Reinsch - April 13, 2015

Normally, I'm a big fan of irony. Having spent 20 years on the Hill and nearly eight in the Executive Branch, I've run into a lot and have generally found something to chuckle about each time I've been confronted with one. Currently, however, we are experiencing three ironies which have their amusing aspects but nonetheless threaten our efforts to enact Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and, ultimately, to secure approval for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreements that are being negotiated.
By Bill Reinsch