November 30, 2015
Alliance Joins Rally to Stop Fast Track Trade Authority
A group of House Democrats teamed up with the Alliance, labor, environmental and religious groups as they rallied to stop Fast Track trade authority for President Obama on Thursday. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) was a leader of the effort.
The Alliance opposes Fast Track, as it would help move trade bills, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), that could increase pharmaceutical costs for seniors. Passage of Fast Track would, in essence, provide a seal of approval for trade deals that were negotiated in secrecy and would tie the hands of Congress in making any changes to the agreement.
“The American people and their representatives in Congress should have the right to influence the process to move trade bills forward,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans.
“If Congress is not able to amend a trade bill, drastic changes to current policy could be implemented before the affected parties have had a chance to weigh in,” added Ruben Burks, Alliance Secretary -Treasurer.