EFF Warns Americans About the Trade Promotion Authority

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is warning American citizens that something foul is happening in D.C. related to trade agreements and copyright laws. According to the EFF, U.S. lawmakers want to pass a bill that limits their own ability to improve or remove language in agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement or the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Yes, you have read that correctly.

They want to make it so that once something is cemented into law it can't be changed. This could include copyright or Internet control provisions that have been snuck into trade agreements or laws. The bill is being called Fast Track aka the Trade Promotion Authority.

The TPA is a process that hands off Congress' constitutional power to set the terms of U.S. trade policy, and gives the executive branch authority to negotiate and finalize trade agreements. Under Fast Track, the White House would have the power to sign off on treaties, after which Congress will only have the power to have an up or down, Yes or No vote to ratify the deal.

If you think the White House shouldn't have this kind of authority when it comes to treaties, you should help the EFF send a message to lawmakers right now.


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