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The Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health (CPATH) brings a public health voice to the debate on trade and sustainable development. We conduct research, policy analysis and advocacy in the interest of protecting and improving the health of individuals, communities and populations; expanding access to health-related services; and advancing global economic policies that are democratic, sustainable, and socially just. This website provides resources on the links between the global economy and public health priorities.

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Senate Votes NO on Fact Track!

On May 12, 2015, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a cloture vote on the Trade Promotion Act (TPA), on a strongly party line vote, with 52 in favor and 45 opposed.  61 are needed to proceed to a vote. 

Ellen R. Shaffer, CPATH, May 11: ...the "Fast-Track" bill/Trade Promotion Authority Act (TPA) would lock in the president's power to negotiate trade deals in secret, consulting with privileged corporate advisors but without input from the public, or Congress. Further, it would bind Congress to abdicate its democratic responsibility to review, debate and amend any trade deal, allowing only an up-or-down vote, after negotiations have concluded. And the bill would apply for 6 years.

CPATH and others conclude that these agreements have sweeping implications for the public's health and economic wellbeing.  [See more ]

Opinion | Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Rosa DeLauro

Who is writing the TPP?

The Boston Globe, May 12, 2015

 ...modern “trade” agreements are often less about trade and more about giant multinational corporations finding new ways to rig the economic system to benefit themselves.

Public Health to Congress: Oppose Fast Track!
CPATH testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee, April 22, 2015
"Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015."

CPATH suggests this Working Title:

"Bargaining to Concentrate the Power and Wealth of Global Corporations Including Finance, Drugs, Tobacco, Fossil Fuel, Agribusiness, Media and Information Technology; to

Entrench and Deepen Income Inequality; and to Progressively Reduce the Rights and Policy Space of People and Democratically Elected Public Officials and Governments"   

Click here to download CPATH Statement on Fast Track, April 22, 2015

CIndy Young for CPATH, 3rd from Left (front)

CPATH representative Cindy Young alerted Congressional Rep. Dr. Ami Bera (D-CA), and staff for Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA), on the public health hazards of granting the President “fast track” trade promotion authority, at 2 district meetings in March, 2015. Young presented a public health letter [link below] from CPATH and California Public Health Association-North (CPHA-N) detailing how fast track authority would allow complex trade agreements with sweeping implications for the public’s health, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP), to leapfrog democratic review and require members of Congress to cast an "up or down" vote without public hearings or amendments. This would set a dangerous standard for public health and for our democracy.

She also presented the recent Journal article by Dr. Sohil Sud,  CPATH Fellow, on tobacco and trade.  

CPATH  urged Congress to intensify transparency and involvement by the public and our elected officials at every stage of trade negotiations. Congress must retain the ability to ensure that our trade obligations do not undermine the mandate of governments to protect public welfare objectives, including income equality, affordable medicines, tobacco control, fair labor standards and a safe environment.

The coalition of community, environmental, and labor partners at the meetings included the Citizens Trade Campaign, Communications Workers of America, Postal Workers of America, SEIU 1000, Sierra Club, Democratic Club of Sacramento, IBEW, and the Alliance for Democracy.

CPATH, CPHA-N Letter: No Fast-Track!


APHA leaders support CPATH Call for Trade Accountability

Bringing a Public Health Voice to Global Trade and Sustainable Development
Ellen R. Shaffer and Joe Brenner, Co-Directors
San Francisco Presidio
P.O. Box 29586, San Francisco, CA 94129
phone 415-922-6204