Published on Dec 9, 2013
Despite a track record of representing his constituents well, Mr. Perlmutter has failed to take a stand on an issue that affects us all and, according to experts and other members of Congress, is a threat to our sovereignty.
As you will discover in this video, when pressed about opposing "Fast Track" or "Trade Promotion" Authority on TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), Rep. Ed Perlmutter once again fails to take a stand despite strong public opposition and many visits, calls and emails from many groups and concerned citizens.
Rep. Perlmutter: If people have a question or two I'm happy to answer, and please introduce yourself.
Q: My name is Irene Clark and I'm the MoveOn Council Organizer, and our Council is very concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and we want to know your position on Fast Track Authority.
Perlmutter: Well, you should know that because MoveOn asked for my letter, which I wrote to the Administration asking what the purpose was of Fast Tracking. And for people that don't know what she's talking about, let me tell you. So there's a Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement that is being negotiated among many of the countries around the Pacific Rim and the United States. So we have treaties with a number of these countries on an individual basis. This would be more of a group trade agreement around the Pacific. So then there's this thing called Fast Track, which means the Administration negotiates the treaty, Congress has a certain set time period where it's either an up or down vote as opposed to the ability to get in and make some changes to the agreement itself. Now obviously I'm a Democrat and I support the President in many ways. I disagree with him on some things. I sent him a letter without a lot of adjectives and a lot of adverbs and questioned him directly as to the purpose of Fast Tracking this. Can we have a little more time as members of Congress to look at the particular sections to get some sense of things that we liked and things that we don't like. Now, as in any agreement there is going to be give and take. You're not going to get everything you want. If you do and the other side gets nothing, then there's no reason for them to enter into the agreement. So, long answer to your short question. The short answer is I wrote him a letter asking him why we're doing Fast Track.
Q: But what's your position on Fast Track?
Perlmutter: I have voted against Fast Track in the past.
Q: Do you, are you going to take a position on Fast Track on TPP?
Perlmutter: I asked the President that question and I sent him a letter asking why he thinks we need Fast Track at this point.
Q: Because we're very concerned that the agreement will subvert our sovereignty.
Perlmutter: I appreciate you videoing it, so I mean we have very liberal people here, we have very conservative people here. We have a lot of moderate people here, and I wrote a letter questioning the purpose of Fast Tracking in this instance, and that's what I did. And we'll see what kind of answer I get back.
Q: And you're going to share that with us?
Q: Okay. We look forward to hearing from it. Thank you.
Perlmutter: Are you going to video the whole thing?
Q: I might. We'll see what comes up.
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