Q&A: What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership and why must we stop it?

CCI Action members are teaming up with local and national allies to pressure our congressional delegation to vote NO on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and to line up other no votes in the House to stop it.

CCI Action organizer Matthew breaks down in this short Q&A why members must educate and organize to #StopTPP.

What is TPP?

Matthew: TPP is the largest trade agreement ever proposed between the US and 11 other countries. Think NAFTA, but bigger – and badder. It was written by corporations
behind closed doors under the guise of helping boost the US economy and
protect workers across the globe, but in reality it’s about enshrining corporate power and profits at the expense everyday people.

Why is the TPP such a bad deal for everyday folks?

Matthew: It’s bad for family farmers, bad for workers, bad for seniors – it’s bad for everybody because it would threaten or dismantle environmental, labor, and other regulations we currently have in place.

  •  At the heart of TPP is “Investor State Dispute Settlement” (ISDS) which allows a corporation to challenge any domestic laws that could impact their “expected future profits.” ISDS is currently being used under NAFTA with TransCanada suing the US government for $15 billion for rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • If enacted, the TPP would be permanent. There would be no expiration date, and any change would need to be agreed upon by all twelve countries.

What’s next?  

Matthew: The clock is ticking. Obama fast-tracked this legislation, meaning he is trying to push it through with only yes or no votes, and no ability to debate amendments. The Obama administration is banking on forcing a vote during the coming “lame-duck” session – between the election and the end of December. That’s why election season is our opportunity to turn up the heat.


  •  Held face-to-face issue briefings with staff from all of Iowa’s congressional delegation. Four members made the trip to Washington DC as part of a national day of action. Members also recently met with |Clinton’s campaign staff and others running for office.
  •  Fired up hundreds of Iowans to take action at TPP teach-ins, including a four day, five event “Stop TPP” tour in partnership with Communications Workers of America – Iowa State Council featuring Larry Cohen, Our Revolution board chair and Political Director.
  •  Phone banked hundreds of voters asking them to call their representative to vote NO on the TPP.

Take action:

  •  Call the House switchboard operator at (202) 224-3121, and ask to speak with your representative today! Be sure to let us know how it goes!