NC Reps on the TPP

Right before the vote, the TransPacific Partnership Treaty (TPP) seems to be picking up steam. The Hill has published a Whip list of House Representatives and where they stand on this issue. I pulled out just the NC Reps so it would be easier for you to see who you need to contact to tell them that Fast Tracking any trade negotiation is un-American---Congress needs to do its job and get into the details of this. And to tell them the TPP is bad for Americans.

The Hill's Whip List: Trade bill picks up momentum

Rep. Renee Ellmers (N.C.) — Ellmers tweeted an op-ed from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) she said "explains how newly drafted #TPA puts authority back into hands of Congress."  
Rep. George Holding (N.C.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Richard Hudson (N.C.) — "The bottom line is I don’t trust President Obama to negotiate trade deals and stand up for North Carolina jobs, and that’s why we need the transparency and check on the President that TPA provides,” said Hudson in a statement.
Rep. Patrick McHenry (N.C.) — Chief deputy whip voted against CAFTA in 2005.
Rep. David Rouzer (N.C.)
Rep. Mark Walker (N.C.)

Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.) — Jones tweeted that TPA is "about crony capitalism & real conservatives don't support it." He voted against all three trade deals in 2011 and fast-track in 2002

Rep. Virginia Foxx (N.C.)
Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.) — In an op-ed, Meadows urged lawmakers to back TPA only if it bars trade agreements with human-rights violators.
Rep. Robert Pittenger (N.C.)


Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) — "I'm still at the place I've always been: leaning no," Butterfield, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told The Hill.

Rep. Alma Adams (N.C.) 
Rep. David Price (N.C.) — "I'm genuinely conflicted," Price told The Hill. Obama has reached out to Price.



Of course you can believe it

she's just parroting the party line of the corporatists who are looking for fig leaves to cover their naked greed.

Hudson is an idiot

Approval of TPA means he *wouldn't* be allowed to put forward any amendments to alter Obama's trade deal(s). I'm surprised he can even find his desk in the House...

Thanks, Vicki

By the way, you are officially a front-page blogger, so you should feel free to publish your posts directly to the front page. You just have to check the box just before you hit save.

I don't know how you do it, but thank you for doing it nonetheless.

Vicki, your page should not look like that

James has more permissions as a super user. Don't let looks throw you off. :) The options are under "publishing options"

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Dear Rep Price,

if the e-mail I just received from DFA is correct, it looks like Republicans are staying true to form and squeezing in more attacks to the social safety net:

As Democracy for America's Robert Cruickshank explained earlier today, the Fast Track plan includes a trap: a $700 million cut to Medicare in order to pay for Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits and services for people who lose their jobs to foreign trade. Although Trade Adjustment Assistance and Fast Track are two separate bills, they've been linked by Republicans.

As the AFL-CIO and other allies are saying right now to House members, the bottom line is clear: A vote for the current Trade Adjustment Assistance bill and a vote for Fast Track is a vote to *cut* Medicare.

TPA and TPP are already bad and shouldn't be supported, but if the above is true, not a single Democrat should be supporting the upcoming House vote.