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Press Releases: Common ResourcesPress Releases Found: 29
June 23, 2015
Media Statement: Today, the Senate narrowly approved a procedural motion to pass a degraded version of the Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority that passed last month.
June 18, 2015
Media Statement: “Today, the Republican leadership rammed undemocratic stand-alone Fast Track legislation, also known as Trade Promotion Authority, through the House of Representatives. This bill puts transnational corporate interests ahead of the American people.
Statement of Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch Washington, DC — “Pope Francis is reiterating what scientists and advocates have been saying for years: we need to reduce carbon emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change. But it’s his bold and honest analysis of pollution trading that is most noteworthy. “The pope has cut […]
June 12, 2015
Today, the House of Representatives put consumers, workers and the environment first when it blocked the easy passage of the Senate-passed Fast Track, also known as Trade Promotion Authority. The House of Representatives blocked one-half of the Fast Track measure in a lopsided bipartisan vote, which will prevent Fast Track from going to the President’s desk.
“Finally, Congress stood up to the Big Business interests pushing Fast Track, which derails the as-yet-unseen Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade pact that will undermine key consumer, public health and environmental protections, and other trade deals that follow. Although the House narrowly passed the Fast Track measure itself, the other portion of the legislation covering worker trade assistance failed.
May 14, 2015
“Consumers deserve to know how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could affect the safety of the food they feed their families. Food & Water Watch commends Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) for demanding that the Obama administration release the food safety language in the proposed TPP.
“The controversial trade deal with eleven Pacific Rim nations could erode our capacity to prevent unsafe food imports from entering the U.S. food supply. More imports will mean that a smaller share of imported food and fish will be inspected at the border, while the structural TPP food safety provisions could undermine critical U.S. import surveillance and food safety standards.
May 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace began running television advertisements in Portland, Ore. and Washington, D.C., condemning Representative Blumenauer’s (D-Ore.) endorsement of the ‘fast track’ Trade Promotion Authority bill—legislation that would expedite approval of large trade agreements being negotiated by the Obama administration: the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
On April 16, fast track legislation sponsored by Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and House Ways and Means Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was introduced. Representative Blumenauer came out in support of Fast Track in a joint op-ed with Senator Wyden in The Oregonian. Representative Blumenauer then joined Representative Ron Kind (D-Wis.) as the only two Democrats to vote for the bill in the House Ways and Means Committee.
April 16, 2015
Today, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced their Fast Track trade promotion legislation (The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, TPA-2015) that includes provisions that would weaken consumer protections, undermine U.S. food safety standards and prevent commonsense food labeling. The legislation is nearly identical to the measure Senator Hatch introduced last year that failed to garner Congressional approval. It replicates the provisions of Fast Track bills from bygone eras (in 1991 and 2002 in the buildup to NAFTA and CAFTA) and deprives Congress of its constitutionally mandated role in setting U.S. policy in a more complex international commercial landscape.
“Congress should reject this retrograde Fast Track trade legislation that is designed to usher in the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership – a trade deal that is a raw deal for consumers,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “The fine print in Fast Track contains an all-out attack on America’s consumer protection and food safety laws.”
The legislation dismisses the importance of food safety and consumer protection in trade negotiations, although unsafe imported foods and products have deluged consumers over the past twenty years of corporate-driven globalization. The bill specifically only allows trade negotiators to “take into account” (not “obtain” or “ensure”) the “legitimate health or safety [and] consumer interests,” relegating these safeguards to second class status behind mandatory objectives for business interests and allowing unelected trade negotiators to decide which U.S. consumer protections are “legitimate” (Sec. 2(a)(13)).
December 16, 2014
“Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the White House Council on Environmental Quality have mistakenly put their faith in a voluntary, market-based trading scheme in Virginia that will do little to actually reduce pollution. Our government agencies have relied on voluntary programs for agriculture to clean up the Bay and other waterways for 40 years, yet agriculture remains the number one source of nutrient pollution. Instead of relying on an unproven, voluntary nutrient credit trading program, EPA, USDA and the White House would be better off by implementing and enforcing laws that already exist, including the Clean Water Act.
“Food & Water Watch has reviewed similar nutrient trading programs in the Chesapeake Bay region and the Ohio River Basin. In every case, these schemes have allowed polluters to avoid compliance with the law while paying farmers for pollution reductions that are never properly verified. We expect the program in Virginia to be no different.”
September 11, 2014
Today, a minority of the Senate voted down the Udall Amendment, along with a chance to minimize the influence of money in our politics. In defeating the Udall Amendment, these senators chose to side with the Koch Brothers and sent a loud message to American voters that the true voice in politics belongs to those with big coffers.
June 2, 2014
Filed in: Common Resources
“On the heels of two telling reports from the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) and the National Climate Assessment detailing the substantial negative impacts from climate change around the world, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) decision to incorporate emissions trading and offsetting in their new carbon dioxide rule undermines its ability to deliver the real reductions in carbon emissions so urgently needed.