“On Friday, in a conference call with reporters, President Obama accused Democratic critics of fast tracking the TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] of being ‘dishonest,’ particularly with regard to their claims that the deal is ‘secret.’ The day before, he compared his liberal critics to Sarah Palin and others who spoke of ‘death panels’ in the Affordable Care Act. He has also accused critics like Elizabeth Warren of having their ‘facts’ wrong.
Early Saturday morning, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) “responded to the president’s criticism by noting that if he wants the American people to judge the TPP based on the facts, then he should let them see it and allow members of Congress to talk with their constituents about it.”
EXCERPT FROM LETTER
“As a result of your Administration’s decision, it is currently illegal for the press, experts, advocates, or the general public to review the text of this agreement. And while you noted that Members of Congress may ‘walk over … and read the text of the agreement’ — as we have done — you neglected to mention that we are prohibited by law from discussing the specifics of that text in public.
“While experts, the public, and the press are not allowed to review the latest draft of the TPP, executives of the country’s biggest corporations and their lobbyists already have had significant opportunities not only to read it, but to shape its terms.”
“What was true then remains true now. The American people should be allowed to weigh in on the facts of the TPP before Members of Congress are asked to voluntarily reduce our ability to amend, shape, or block any trade deal.”
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Elizabeth Warren Tells Obama to Put Up or Shut Up About Trade
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