Details of trade deals should be made public
In its May 18 editorial, “Approve the trade bill,” The News writes about “many reasons for the failure of the proposed Asia-Pacific trade bill in the Senate this week.” Not quite. What failed was a “fast-track for the next 6 years.”
The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreements that some want fast-tracked are still secret. There seem not to be final official versions yet. We citizens who will be affected, and our elected representatives who are expected to approve these deals, should have the full, final texts and time to consider them. All that is public now are leaks and rumors, which do not look very good for average people. Give us the texts; let us consider and debate!