Congress deciding to ‘fast-track’ the TPP would seriously screw over small countries to benefit corporations

Corporations are about to strengthen their power to sue foreign governments–if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) goes through. Just hear this out.

In 2011, Philip Morris USA, a US-based tobacco company, sued the Australian government for passing a law intended to limit smoking in Australia. Phillip Morris’ Hong Kong Office decided to file the suit. Not their New York office, their HONG KONG office sued. It seems the company found the Hong Kong-Australia rules more favorable to their case than US-Australia would be. Hmm… What do YOU think is up with that?

Meanwhile, RIGHT NOW, Congress is considering “fast-tracking” a deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which, if successful, will effectively make it easier for multinational corporations to pursue legal actions against foreign nations (which is technically called Investor-State Dispute Settlement, or ISDS)–like when a cigarette empire sues Australia for trying to reduce its people’s intake of cancer-causing products.

The White House website states: “We have never lost an ISDS case because of the strong safeguards in the U.S. approach.” Does that mean that other countries with weaker governments–like Vietnam, Peru, and Brunei, three of the still-developing countries involved in this trade agreement–will end up being thrown under the bus by multinational corporations if the TPP succeeds? Yea, probably it will.

Here’s a little bit more of what you need to know to intelligibly discuss (and oppose) fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

If you’re a resident of the State of Ohio and you OPPOSE fast-tracking the TPP, please contact U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, a key player on the propositional side of this initiative. Here’s some info & sample letters for inspiration.

U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Elizabeth Warren are firmly opposed to fast tracking this legislation.

Please help us convince U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (OH) to join them.

Call Sen. Portman at 1-855-980-2396 and tell him you oppose rushing through this trade agreement without proper scrutiny.

Or send him a letter:

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman
448 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3353

If you’d like to further join the movement, ProgressOhio is giving you a way to do just that! Tweet a picture of your personal letter to Sen. Portman @ProgressOhio using the hashtag #NOTPP, and see it featured on their site!