Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Background

This documents a correspondence with Congressman Steve Pierce a Republican Representative from New Mexico.  In my previous correspondence, I urged him to vote NO on the TPP  because it would cost jobs, help profits of transnational corporations and give unfettered immigration rights to the U.S. by 3rd world countries.   This TPP Treaty has been sculpted together by literally a 1,000 lobbyists.   Yet, we in America and in Congress are not allowed to know what it says!   This is not democracy. It is tyranny by the few over the many.

REPLY LETTER to CONGRESSMAN PIERCE

05/15/15

Congressman Pierce,

Thanks for the reasoned reply.  However, I note again that the TPP countries not only will have tariffs removed and thus make us non competitive with products form Malysia, Peru, Vietnam where we cannot meet their wage levels but it will allow FREE UNFETTERED IMMIGRATION from those countries.   Indonesia and Malaysia are Moslem nations.   Are we encouraging Moslem integration into New Mexico, a strongly Catholic and Christian culture?   Also, when passed, you in Congress will not get a vote as to changing anything.    A more intelligent approach would be to have bi-lateral agreements between nations so that differences can be ironed out.  President Obama has demonstrated multiple times that his interests may or may not correspond to the best interests of the nation and specifically New Mexico.  The TPP is only in the best interest of Transnational firms that operate in those countries, not in the best interest of New Mexicans.  We will lose jobs.

Frankly, I trust you to make the right decision for New Mexico but not Mr. Obama. When the new vote comes up, please be vocal and stick to the best interests of New Mexico not necessarily the Republican Party.

Joe Hawranek

 CONGRESSMAN PIERCE’S REPLY

 

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May 15, 2015
Mr. Joseph Hawranek
8925 Bougainvillea Ct
Las Cruces, NM 88011-8348
Dear Dr. Hawranek:
Thank you for contacting me to express your views regarding Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.
Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are arrangements among two or more countries under which they agree to eliminate tariffs and nontariff barriers on goods traded between nations. In the past eleven years, the United States has negotiated to establish bilateral and regional FTAs with a number of trading partners. Currently, the U.S. has FTAs with 20 countries, including Columbia, Panama, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, and Israel. The agreements allow a wide range of goods to be traded with fewer barriers and tariffs, effectively lowering the cost of production, aiding consumers and businesses all around. FTAs lower taxes for American consumers and increase the volume of American exports, which helps American businesses create more jobs here at home.
The United States is currently negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which would promote trade with Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Advocates believe membership in the TPP will facilitate trade and investment of U.S. made products, promote intellectual property rights, reduce government corruption, and boost the United States economy.
As the TPP negotiations continue, my staff and I will continue to closely monitor the agreements progress. Should legislation relating to the TPP or other FTAs come before the House for a vote, I will be sure to keep your views in mind.
Again, thank you for taking the time to share your concerns. I appreciate having the benefit of your views.
Sincerely,
Steve Pearce
Member of Congress
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