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Senators Say No to Motion to Proceed on 'Fast Track' Authority for the TPP

Washington, D.C. -- The Communications Workers of America issued this statement on today’s Senate vote on the motion to proceed in discussion of Trade Promotion Authority: 

CWA commends those Senators who refused to move forward on discussion of Trade Promotion Authority, or “Fast Track” for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and future trade deals.

Senators are right to be concerned that trade adjustment assistance for workers who lose their jobs because of these trade deals, language to address currency manipulation and other concerns will likely be left behind by the Majority Leader’s push to pass Fast Track authority.

Senators should not give away their right to amend a trade deal that has been negotiated in secrecy. Voting for Fast Track authorization does exactly that, and Senators are right to reject it.

Our broad coalition – workers, environmental activists, immigrant rights activists, students, public health and consumer groups and so many others -- remains strongly opposed to Fast Track and the TPP that would be a disaster for U.S. jobs, workers and communities.

Contact: Candice Johnson, CWA Communications, 202-434-1168,

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