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Resolution Opposing the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement and Fast Track Authority

WHEREAS, San Diego, California, and the nation have experienced devastating job losses due to ill-conceived so-called free trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which have cost us more than one million jobs, have contributed to more than 60,000 factories shutting down, have exacerbated income inequality here in the United States and around the globe, and have actually increased our trade deficit; and

WHEREAS, so-called free trade agreements fail to hold our trading partners accountable to reasonable labor and environmental standards, including our agreement with Colombia, a country that fails to protect labor rights and in which nearly 3,000 labor leaders have been assassinated since 1986; and

WHEREAS, “Fast Track” trade promotion authority, such as that currently pending before Congress, gives the executive branch the authority to negotiate a so-called free trade agreement behind closed doors with multi-national corporations sitting at the table and then send it to Congress, which must then vote yes-or-no with no opportunity for debate or amendment;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the San Diego County Democratic Party opposes the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement related Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority, known as the Hatch-Wyden-Ryan Legislation, S.995/H.R.1890, currently pending before the United States Congress; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution of opposition be transmitted to the Democratic members of the San Diego Congressional delegation and the two United States Senators from California.