A Strong Message from the Congress: No Rubber Stamping

By Jieying Ding

The United States is in the negotiation with eleven other countries to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP), which, if successful, will become one of the biggest trade deals in history. However, a message from the Congress, reported by the Guardian, expressed strong disapproval of the exclusion of Congress in the negotiation process. Rep. Grijalva and Ellison, co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, called for provisions protecting workers’ right to collectively  bargain.  The letter urged the U.S. to use the trade agreement to improve the bottom lines of all Americans, not just American corporations.