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TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP


Resolution 13-07.11

WHEREAS, the trade agreement known as Trans Pacific Partnership is being negotiated in secret, and opponents in the labor and environmental communities argue that it would give new enforceable monopolistic rights and privileges to multi-national corporations, and establish limits on sovereign governments' ability to regulate corporations' actions, including but not limited to the areas of intellectual and copyright provisions, prices, labor practices, environmental impacts, disclosure requirements, and safety issues and

WHEREAS, according to public documents from the US Trade Representative, this agreement would allow multi-national corporations to sue governments through international tribunals, staffed by private sector attorneys, which could force governments to pay compensation to corporations and investors if the challenged policies are deemed to hinder investors' future profits, even if those corporations are not abiding by the countries' laws and regulations and

WHEREAS, past trade agreements have had a detrimental impact on jobs and wages, the environment, and fair equitable trade, this agreement goes beyond what has been done before, and should not be pursued

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party calls for withdrawal from Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, and calls for a new, more transparent paradigm for trade negotiations

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party forward copies of this resolution to President Obama, the Office of U. S. Trade Representatives, Governor Jerry Brown, Speaker John A. Perez, Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

 

[Amended with the consent of the author]
Authored by Susie Shannon, Assembly District 50, Dorothy Reik, Assembly District 50, Adrienne Burk, AD46 

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa
July 21, 2013