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June 10, 2015

Will Obamatrade be like Obamacare?

Should Congress pass trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without knowing what's in them?

If you say “NO,” then help prevent that from happening. Tell Congress to pass the Read the Bills Act through DownsizeDC.org's campaign. 

You may borrow from or copy this letter… 

Like Obamacare, the President wants you to pass Obamatrade without knowing what's in it. He even makes you jump through hoops to look at the 800-page draft.

And he wants “fast-track” authority that prevents Congress from amending trade deals he submits.

Regrettably, the Senate caved to his demands.

But I say…

The House must NOT pass fast-track BEFORE it passes the Read the Bills Act (RTBA).

RTBA would…   

* Require that BOTH the fast-track bill AND the TPP itself be read, VERBATIM, before a quorum in the House and Senate
* Give the public at least SEVEN days to read them and send you feedback before you vote

That's what “representative” government is all about. So…

Know what’s in the TPP before you vote on it!

The Read the Bills Act will guarantee that you will.

–END OF LETTER–

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Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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