Critics of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact pushed by the Obama administration say secrecy is marking its progress – so much so that it’s easier to get information about ISIS than the TPP.
Members of Congress looking for the latest information on this deal are actually required to go to basement room in the Capitol Visitor Center and peruse the package one section at a time, while under surveillance. They’re also told they must hand over any notes they take to the room monitors. And it goes almost without saying: They’re banned from discussing their talks outside of the room.
“It’s like being in kindergarten,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat who’s taken a leading role opposing Obama’s trade agenda, Politico reported. “You give back the toys at the end.”
The White House, which has been overseeing a massive lobby effort about the deal, has been mum on its contents. What’s known is Obama wants fast-track authority so he can wind trade deals through Congress without having to deal with amendments.