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TPP's "Sudden" Demise
The proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an unpopular trade agreement with sweeping implications for the public’s
health. The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) negotiated the deal with 11 Pacific Rim nations in secret from the public and
from most elected representatives, starting in 2010. But USTR's appointed Trade Advisors representing the pharmaceutical, tobacco, alcohol, health insurance,
energy, IT, finance and other industries
had open access to the negotiations, and shaped U.S. trade priorities.
The TPP proposed to confer new and expanded rights to transnational corporations to protect their profits over
the rights of democratically elected governments and the public, by challenging domestic laws and regulations before international
corporate-driven trade tribunals.
On Nov 9, 2016, the day after the national election, the Obama Administration formally announced it was discontinuing
its strong public campaign to move for approval of the TPP during a “lame duck” session of Congress. The report attached below is CPATH's most recent analysis of the TPP as of October, 2016: Trading
Public Policy to Corporate Control: The Trans Pacific Partnership Threatens Public Health. CPATH will
comment further in the future on the TPP's role in politics and policy.
CPATH on TPP 10-24-16
leaders support CPATH Call for Trade Accountability