Americans have rightly come to feel that trade agreements have not benefitted them. CFA and Consumers Union have worked, along with others over the years, to better ensure that trade agreements promote a trade system that broadly benefits all Americans. We are encouraged that this goal, strongly embraced by Americans across the country, is also reflected in statements by the Administration. In furthering that goal, we recommend three guiding principles for negotiating trade agreements that work for all Americans:
- Don’t negotiate away sovereign U.S. government authority.
- Don’t allow foreign corporations to bypass established U.S. government legal processes.
- Bring broader public input, with greater transparency, into trade negotiations.