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The trouble with TPP

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 2, 2015
The latest high-level negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership have just ended on Maui, with trade ministers of the 12 participating nations reaching accord on broad environmental protections but not on other key aspects such as drug patents.

Foreign investors could use TPP to challenge U.S. laws, leaving American interests without access to U.S. courts

By U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 2, 2015
I plan to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but not because I oppose all free-trade agreements. My primary reason stems from a little-known provision called “investor-state dispute settlement,” or ISDS, that would provide foreign corporations a special right to challenge U.S. laws that hurt their bottom line.

The secrecy surrounding the trade agreement does not bode well for Hawaii, especially for our agricultural industry

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 2, 2015
For a long time, Hawaii’s economy was a stool with three legs: Tourism, defense and agriculture. Many families across our islands have stories of parents, relatives or others who immigrated to Hawaii to work in the sugar and pineapple fields.

Strength abroad starts here at home: We shouldn’t strengthen our foreign policy by weakening our domestic economy

By U.S. Rep. Mark Takai Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 2, 2015
When people hear “trade,” the first thing that comes to mind is giving opportunity to businesses to export or to expand their enterprise into other markets. In Hawaii, where some of our largest foreign partners are involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it’s easy to understand why this is appealing.

Like other trade agreements, TPP likely will cause a massive loss of U.S. jobs — and at an unprecedented rate

By U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 2, 2015
The more we learn about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, the less we like about it. Because of a woeful lack of transparency, the American people know very little about how this agreement will benefit multinational corporations at the expense of the American worker.
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