Warren: Trade Deal "Secret Because If Details Were Made Public Now, The Public Would Oppose It"


Senator Elizabeth Warren took to the Senate floor this afternoon to blast the Trans-Pacific trade agreement (TPP) and the Obama administration for keeping it so secretive.

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA): The public has heard a lot but in all that time they've never actually seen the deal itself. In fact, the press hasn't seen the deal, economists haven't seen the deal, legal experts haven't seen the deal, most everyone in America hasn't seen the deal. Why? Because the administration has classified the deal making it illegal for any of those people to read it.

Members of Congress, as Senator Manchin said, can read it so long as they go into a secret room and don't leave with any notes. But even members of Congress are prohibited from talking about the details in public or discussing the details with the people that they were sent to Washington to represent. And yet in the next day or two the Senate is scheduled to vote on whether to grease the skids to make that secret trade deal, the TPP, the law of the land. This isn't how democracy is supposed to work...

So if there are no good reasons for secrecy here, that leaves only a bad reason. And believe it or not, it’s a reason I’ve heard people give multiple times. We should keep the deal secret because if the details were made public now, the public would oppose it. Well, that’s how our democracy is supposed to work. If the TPP is mostly done and the public wouldn’t support it if they could see it, then it shouldn’t become the law.

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