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    Obama Calls on Congress to Approve Pacific Trade Deal

    Obama Calls on Congress to Approve Pacific Trade Deali
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    Mil Arcega
    January 14, 2016 12:49 AM
    President Barack Obama called for swift passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in his final State of the Union address Tuesday, saying it would cut tariffs on American-made products, open overseas markets and create higher-wage jobs at home. But the chances that lawmakers will approve may be slim at best. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
    Obama Calls on Congress to Approve Pacific Trade Deal

    In what may be his final prime-time address to both houses of Congress, President Barack Obama called Tuesday for swift action on the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership, framing the deal as a way to open overseas markets to U.S. goods and level the playing field with China.

    “With TPP, China does not set the rules in that region; we do," Obama said in his State of the Union address. "You want to show our strength in this new century? Approve this agreement. Give us the tools to enforce it. It's the right thing to do.”

    But the pending deal with 12 Pacific trading countries faces an uphill battle in Congress, where there is opposition from lawmakers of both parities who worry that American companies can't compete against Asian nations where wages are lower.

    “I, for one, have a significant number of concerns about that agreement and what it will do in making sure the playing field is level with the United States, our products and products that come in from those Asian countries,” said Representative Rob Wittman, a Virginia Republican.

    FILE - Los Angeles community members wait for Hillary Clinton's motorcade as they show their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Beverly Hills, Calif., May 7, 2015.
    FILE - Los Angeles community members wait for Hillary Clinton's motorcade as they show their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Beverly Hills, Calif., May 7, 2015.

    Some of the president's strongest critics are members of his own party and labor groups who describe TPP as a net job killer. But U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman argues that TPP would cut tariffs on U.S.-made goods and boost U.S. exports.

    “Every $1 billion of exports supports 5,000 to 7,000 jobs in the U.S," he said. "Those jobs pay 18 percent more on average than non-export-related jobs. So by opening markets, leveling the playing field, we’re helping to support more good-paying jobs here in the United States, which is exactly what this is all about.”

    While a Pacific trade deal could indeed lead to job losses in the U.S., economists say such losses would more than likely be offset by new jobs in other sectors. The greater obstacle may be politics, with some lawmakers saying the chances of a TPP deal being approved by a divided Congress — in an election year — are less than 50 percent.

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    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    January 14, 2016 1:19 PM
    TPP and its trans Atlantic counterpart is the most monstrous betrayal of America ever. Not only won't it create jobs for Americans (remember the promises of NAFTA?) it would usurp America's sovereignty by allowing an international tribunal to nullify American laws and impose fines for loss of investments and potential profits to private corporations seeking to exploit America. The constitution is clear about powers not delegated to the federal government being reserved to the states. I do not believe the federal government or even the state governments have the power to relinquish America's sovereign power over itself. There are a lot of other treaties that do this to a lesser extent and are also probably unconstitutional. These include NAFTA, WTO, the UN treaty, even NATO. The US government cannot force Americans to serve in a military that is not led by American officers even as volunteers.

    The effort large global corporations to internationalize the world is robbing Americans of what they revolted against in 1776 and fought two world wars and the cold war for. Americans, we need to take our country back from these traitorous thieves who are usurping their power. Our politicians have sold us out to them.

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