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The People Lobby Nails Down The Senate Finance Committee On The Trans Pacific Partnership

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JB: Yes, PEN, I logged in and saw what you're referring to, that is, Maggie's notes.  Very interesting.  I guess my question is: How does the average citizen with a not very good grasp of this topic know what exactly to ask? Whom to ask it of? 

PEN:  You don't have to possess the natural bulldog investigative reporter instincts of someone like Maggie, who did a spectacular job of following up.  All that is really required of the average person is just call, "ask" for their vote, and record their response in their notes.  It's really magical how quickly the pattern forms for all to see.

JB: And what's the timeline? How quickly do they mean to stuff this down the public's collective throat?

PEN: Our fear of course was they would jam this fast track thing through without anyone even noticing.  That's not going to happen.  Senator Harry Reid made a statement midweek noting the growing "controversy" over this.  Our job is not to get complacent, but to crank up the heat even further.  180 members of the House have signed one of the letters protesting fast track, and it's bipartisan.  We need to ask Senators also to show the leadership to create parallel protest letters in that chamber. 

JB: What do we need to derail this abominable legislation? 

PEN: All that is required, all that is ever required, is for the people to continue to speak out, and not just "trust" the corporate PR that passes for the positions of so many members of Congress. 

JB:  This truly is NAFTA on steroids. Anything to add before we wrap this up, PEN? 

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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