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All Hands On Deck: House Fast Track Vote Expected This Week

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-- Among those who rated their personal financial situation as "poor," 55 percent said free trade agreements have hurt their family's finances, while only 27 percent said they have helped their family's finances.

Other polls show similar sentiments -- especially when it comes to fast-tracking these "trade" deals. Even conservatives are opposed to fast track. Take a look at this:

"By more than two to one, voters say they oppose (62 percent) rather than favor passage of fast-track negotiating authority for the TPP deal. Among those with a strong opinion, the ratio climbs to more than three to one (43 percent strongly opposed, just 12 percent strongly favorable)....

"Republicans overwhelmingly oppose giving fast-track authority to the president (8 percent in favor, 87 percent opposed), as do independents (20 percent-66 percent)."

Keep in mind that this widespread opposition is in spite of a virtual media blackout on these issues, particularly on the coming TPP. One of the reasons they are rushing fast track through now (only three days of debate compared to three weeks last time) is because it is starting to get more attention, more and more people are hearing about it, and they know they have to try to pass it soon or not at all.

What To Do

Starting this week people should call and show up at the local offices of their members of Congress. Bring a sign if you show up. Get others to come with you. (Use our click-to-call tool to contact your member of Congress. Or you can click here to find the office of your representative.)

Ask your representative if she or he has read TPP. Get them on record whether they have read it.

-- If they haven't read it, they have no business voting to pre-approve it. Let them know you'll be writing letters to the editor saying this.

-- If they won't tell you if they have read it that is an issue. Let them know you'll be writing letters to the editor letting people know their representative votes on things they are not informed about.

-- If they have read it, they should vote against it.

Then ask them why you can't see the text of TPP, especially if they are about to vote to pre-approve it with fast track? Why is it being kept secret? (Why are the already-completed parts secret?)

Get on Twitter and Facebook and let people know about fast track and TPP. On Twitter use the hashtag #stopfasttrack. (And go check out what is happening with that hashtag.)

Especially, call, call, call and ask friends and family to call members of Congress and let them know that you are paying attention and do not want fast track. Let them know you will remember how they vote.

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