The TPP includes some 26 separate chapters that affect our sovereignty, jobs, businesses, farms, food, consumer safety, immigration, the Internet and more. A pact this far-reaching should be negotiated in the most open and transparent manner possible — but Obama’s negotiators have refused to share their proposals with the American public or even members of Congress.
Senator Ron Wyden, who chairs the Senate Trade Subcommittee charged with overseeing U.S. trade policy, was forced to introduce legislation on Congressional trade oversight before finally being allowed the most limited access to the TPP texts. His staff members are still denied access, and the Senator is denied from making copies of or even taking notes about any of the TPP documents he reads.
While the public has been denied access to the TPP text, the U.S. Trade Representative has granted approximately 600 corporate lobbyists (and a handful of others) special “cleared advisor” status that enables them to review and comment upon specific negotiating drafts.
U.S. negotiators have said they will not share text with the public until after negotiations are completed — at which point it is virtually impossible to make changes.