Politicus USA has the article Elizabeth Warren Bill Requiring Trade Deals Be Made Public Blocked By Republicans.
Warren’s bill would have required that the details of trade agreements be made public before they are given fast track status. The difference is disclosure. If a president has to disclose the details before he/she gets fast track authority, the public would have a chance to weigh in on the deal.
This is an important part of the debate, that I had not thought of until reading this. It is not enough that our representatives in Congress get to see what they are voting on before they vote on it. The public needs to have the chance to organize to try to influence the representatives about their vote for the bill.
We need to be suspicious over every move to make it more difficult for the public to voice its informed opinions on proposed legislation. The harder they fight to keep us from seeing what is about to be thrust upon us until it is too late, the more we know that there must be something in it that they know we would not approve.
It’s not only the fact that they approved something we don’t like, it is the additional fact that they knew we wouldn’t like it, but they went ahead with it anyway.