Dick Morris, the former adviser to Bill Clinton during his time as Governor of Arkansas and President, said Monday on Newmax TV’s “America’s Forum” that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement could lead to the end of all attempts to restrict the flow of persons into the United States:
“This is huge. I hope everybody listening takes action. Call your senator about it. If he is a Republican he is voting wrong. I don’t think that people understand that in this deal–which is a trade agreement among Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Chile–there’s a provision for free flow of workers, just like in the European Union. What it means is unrestricted immigration. It means literally that congress would not have the authority to restrict immigration because a treaty supersedes a statute under our Constitution.”
The Senate have added language to the proposed “Fast-Track Authority” bill to allow for countervailing punishments for countries that manipulate their currencies to achieve trade advantages. This has created yet another rift with the White House, which now opposes the Fast-Track bill so long as such provisions remain in the bill.
The proposed rules, which could link currency manipulation to higher tariffs on imports, may provoke opposition from other countries the administration is courting as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade talks. The White House opposes amendments to address currency manipulation using trade remedies, which allow the U.S. to impose duties against producers selling below market prices or receiving illegal subsidies. The remedies would be difficult to administer and raise questions of consistency with existing international obligations, according to the administration.
Democratic pressure groups have been attempting to get Hillary Clinton to go on the record in support or in opposition to the TPP to no avail thus far. This has led some of her would-be challengers for the Democratic Nomination to attempt to corral support from these groups so long as Clinton remains on the sideline of the debate.
This was the second rally against TPP in four days; the last one featured Florida Representative Alan Grayson decrying a “sellout government,” and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren crying out for “no more special deals for multinational corporations.” With the White House in favor of fast-track trade authority, and with that functionally allowing the treaty to move before it could get real scrutiny in Congress, the opponents were left pressuring Hillary Clinton to make a statement.
“I think the pressure will keep building on her,” said Robert Borosage, the president of the Campaign for America’s Future, “She could go either way. She helped put it together as Secretary of State. As senator, she said she was skeptical of these kinds of trade deals because she’d seen the damage they’d wreaked on upstate New York.“