Wednesday, April 22, 2015

San Francisco Unanimously Opposes Fast Track

Another major Pacific port city, San Francisco, has voted against fast track for the TPP. We recently reported on Seattle's City Council unanimously opposing fast track, now the SF Board of Supervisors has also unanimously opposed the bill. The Electronic Frontier Foundation writes about the vote in "San Francisco Opposes TPP Fast Track in New Resolution" and urges people to tweet Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer. Pelosi and Hoyer are key votes on fast track as they tend toward supporting President Obama, but they also do not want to be out of step with the Democratic House members. Pelosi has a history of opposing fast track legislation. The Board of Supervisors vote should help push Pelosi to come out in opposition to fast track. In addition, the ranking member on the Ways and Means Committee, Sander Levin, has also come out in strong opposition saying it is his mission to "defeat the Hatch-Wyden bill," further pushing Pelosi and Hoyer to stay with the Democratic Caucus which overwhelmingly opposes fast track.


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