The recent editorial concerning the City Council’s proposed resolution on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is misguided [“Seattle City Council need not be concerned with the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Opinion, March 22].
Given the TPP’s proposed provisions allowing multinational corporations the ability to challenge local laws, such as those protecting the environment and workers, the City Council has a clear interest in this critical issue.
In defending Obama’s push for fast-track authority for the TPP, The Times misleadingly state, “Presidents as far back as Franklin D. Roosevelt have had such power.” However, under Roosevelt, such authority was solely for negotiating tariffs. The TPP goes far beyond tariff regulation and addresses a wide array of subjects.
In addition, even under President George W. Bush, the texts of trade agreements were not kept secret. Under the TPP, opposition to fast-track authority is based on the vast secrecy that has taken place during the negotiation process.
The City Council has every right to speak out about this undemocratic process, and the substance of a deal that will pose a significant threat to local law.
Selden Prentice, Seattle