Trade deals are too important to ‘fast track’

SINCE the introduction of a trade-promotion-authority bill last week, calls for Congress to reject “fast-track” authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership are getting louder in Washington state – with good reason. Working people rallied against it last weekend in Ferndale as part of a “national day of action,” the city councils of Seattle and Bellingham have urged opposition, and this week more than 100 labor, environmental, civic and small-business organizations co-signed a letter to the state’s congressional delegation urging them to vote no.

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