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Record #: R2016-549   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 7/20/2016 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development
Final action:
Title: Call for Illinois congressional delegation to oppose Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
Sponsors: Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Waguespack, Scott, Foulkes, Toni, Moore, David H., Arena, John, Sawyer, Roderick T., King, Sophia D., Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos, Scott, Jr. Michael, Villegas, Gilbert, Pawar, Ameya, Taliaferro, Chris, Hopkins, Brian , Munoz, Ricardo, Mell, Deborah, Cardenas, George A., Sposato, Nicholas, Moreno, Proco Joe, Ervin, Jason C., Zalewski, Michael R.
Attachments: 1. R2016-549.pdf
Related files: R2019-362
A Resolution Opposing the Enactment of Harmful Federal Trade Agreements

Whereas, on June 29, 2015, the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA) was signed into law, providing the federal government "fast-track" powers to conduct and conclude federal trade legislation; and
Whereas, the federal government is currently considering the approval of several proposed trade agreements, to wit: the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement ("TPP"), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement (TTIP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA); and
Whereas, TPP negotiations have been completed, and the final agreement is awaiting Congressional approval; and Whereas, the American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and United Steelworkers (USW) are encouraging communities nationwide to pass resolutions opposing these proposed trade policies, in particular the TPP with a exacting focus on the negative impact on labor rights and rules; and Whereas, the TPP concerns matters of public policy and fails to meet its stated goals "to promote economic growth, support the creation and retention of jobs, enhance innovation, productivity and competitiveness, raise living standards, reduce poverty in countries, and promote transparency, good governance, and enhanced labor and environmental protections"; and
Whereas, the TPP critically fails to address currency misalignment, contains feeble auto rules of origin and inadequate state-owned enterprises provisions, provides extraordinary rights to foreign investors and pharmaceutical companies, undermines Buy American Act, weakens labor, environmental, health, food safety and financial laws, allows challenges to our laws in international tribunals rather than our own court system, and includes a labor framework that has proved itself ineffective, resulting in the certain risks of TPP outweighing its speculative and limited benefits; and Whereas, the proud history of Chicago's ...

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