‘This is, by its definition, UNdemocratic’ ~ Sessions slams massive TPP
Sessions tells Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM that the deal is “an erosion of sovereignty.”:
Jun 22, 2015:
JEFF SESSIONS EPIC SPEECH EXPOSING TPP
U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) issued a statement today after the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was released. Congress voted in June to fast-track TPP before a page of the agreement had been made public. Sessions statement follows:
“The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership runs 5,554 pages. This is, by definition, anti-democratic. No individual American has the resources to ensure his or her economic and political interests are safeguarded within this vast global regulatory structure. The predictable and surely desired result of the TPP is to put greater distance between the governed and those who govern. It puts those who make the rules out of reach of those who live under them, empowering unelected regulators who cannot be recalled or voted out of office. In turn, it diminishes the power of the people’s bulwark: their constitutionally-formed Congress.
Among the TPP’s endless pages are rules for labor, environment, immigration and every aspect of global commerce – and a new international regulatory structure to promulgate, implement, and enforce these rules. This new structure is known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission – a Pacific Union – which meets, appoints unelected bureaucrats, adopts rules, and changes the agreement after adoption.
The text of the TPP confirms our fears, plainly asserting: ‘The Parties hereby establish a Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission which shall meet at the level of Ministers or senior officials, as mutually determined by the Parties,’ and that ‘the Commission shall’:
‘ consider any matter relating to the implementation or operation of this Agreement’;
‘ consider any proposal to amend or modify this Agreement’;
‘ supervise the work of all committees and working groups established under this Agreement’;
‘ merge or dissolve any subsidiary bodies established under this Agreement in order to improve the functioning of this Agreement’;
‘ seek the advice of non-governmental persons or groups on any matter falling within the Commission’s functions’; and
‘ take such other action as the Parties may agree’.
Further, the text explains that ‘the Commission shall take into account’:
‘ the work of all committees, working groups and any other subsidiary bodies established under this Agreement’;
‘ relevant developments in international fora’; and
‘ input from non-governmental persons or groups of the Parties’.
Yet, because Fast-Track – or so-called Trade Promotion Authority – was adopted (without a single vote to spare), we cannot amend this deal, we cannot filibuster this deal, and we cannot subject it to the two-thirds treaty vote.
That is why I am calling today on our leaders to take the TPP off of the Fast-Track. The vote should be held under regular Senate and Constitutional order, and it should be held when voters can hold their lawmakers accountable – not during an unaccountable lame duck session.”