President Barack Obama and the Republican leadership in Congress are trying to pass "fast track" legislation in order to push through major economic agreements with eleven countries of the Pacific region (the Trans-Pacific Partnership) and Europe (the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) without the possibility for Congressional amendments. Both are being sold generally as "trade agreements," yet they involve key areas of business law and regulation far beyond trade. Before Congress approves fast track, these agreements need to be made public and exposed to thorough public scrutiny.
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Lisa E. Sachs & Lise Johnson,
Not So Fast,
U.S. News & World Report, May 12, 2015
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/sustainable_investment_staffpubs/133