From the Lynn Democratic Committee –
LYNN DEMS OPPOSE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP DEAL
Members of the Lynn Democratic City Committee, the political party’s local wing, voted unanimously last week to go on record in formal opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement (TPP).
The TPP is a proposed free trade agreement between several North and South American countries, including the United States, and the Asian-Pacific nations of Australia, Brunei, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Vietnam.
Lynn Democrats heard this week from IUE-CWA Local 201 Union President and Lynn City Council Peter Capano, who referred to the TPP as “NAFTA on steroids.”
“The Lynn Dems raised serious concern about the outsourcing of jobs under the TPP,” said Capano. “NAFTA was bad for Lynn, bad for this Congressional District, and bad for the United States. TPP has the potential to be much worse.”
The Obama Administration and Republican leadership in Congress plan to offer the TPP through the expedited “fast track” process, which would not allow individual legislators to make amendments in order to tailor the agreement to their constituents needs.
Many Democrats, including Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, have been at the forefront of an effort to block fast track for TPP. The Lynn Democrats now formally join them in opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.