Eric Zuesse

The key vote, in the U.S. Senate, to transfer to international corporate panels America’s democratic national sovereignty over the laws and regulations on the environment, workers’ rights, consumers’ rights, and finance, was officially titled with the misleadingly unrelated phrase “Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations the Right to Appeal Act,” and it passed the U.S. Senate as “H.R. 1314,” by 65 to 33 votes, at 1:55 in the afternoon of Thursday 14 May 2015. 

That’s five votes more than the 60 votes that the measure needed in order to pass. This is the key congressional action among the many that are required in order for U.S. President Barack Obama’s international-‘trade’ treaties – TPP, TTIP, and TISA – to become law in the United States. It’s the ultimate decision-moment, concerning America’s future.

A “Nay” vote meant that the Senator opposed this transfer of democratic national sovereignty, away from elected representatives of the public, to international corporate panels, whose members will be appointed solely by executives chosen by the controlling stockholders in large international corporations. A “Yea” vote meant that the Senator favored this transfer of democratic national sovereignty over to international corporate panels.

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=114&session=1&vote=00180

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity, and of  Feudalism, Fascism, Libertarianism and Economics.

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  • Bruce

    Floriduh’s Senators, DEM Their AYES; are moronic FOOL$ (their yay votes will put themselves out of a their own jobs, figuratively, literally and inevitably)! As for Barry-0, even with his CIA Company-man’s tiny turlitzer in full flush TPP mode; he’s still only a third-world, tin-pot dictator ( just[ly] ask the BRIC countries!).

  • Mark

    The way this was phrased in the last paragraph made absolutely NO SENSE to me. Seems like either way you vote you’re giving away the power of elected officials. Make up your mind.

  • barrashee

    curious how the D’s from California split on this.

  • mirageseekr

    All of those on the yea list should be brought up on charges of treason.

  • mark_in_toronto

    How many of the Yeas actually read these “treaties” . . . especially since they were kept in a guarded room where no recording devices were allowed . . . not even pen and paper?
    This government did an excellent job of keeping this “under the public radar” by utilizing the corporate control over the media. When the national evening news starts covering the local weather, you gotta know something’s up.
    When a government operates this way, it is NOT Democracy. It is Plutocracy.