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;
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Senate Votes NO on Fact Track!
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?
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;
Entrench and Deepen Income
Inequality; and to Progressively Reduce the Rights and Policy Space of People and Democratically Elected Public Officials
Click here to download CPATH Statement on Fast Track, April 22, 2015
|CIndy Young for CPATH, 3rd from Left (front)
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.
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!
leaders support CPATH Call for Trade Accountability