Jan 10, 2016
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is finished and will be eligible for a vote in Congress in February 2016. In December, the Democrats held a hearing on the Investment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In this episode, highlights from that hearing and a summary of the provisions in one of the TPP's most important chapters.
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TPP Issue Analysis - Investment Chapter, House Ways and Means Committee (Democrats), December 2, 2015.
Article 9.4: Countries can't treat companies from other countries any differently than they treat companies from their own
Article 9.6: Countries must provide police protection to foreign companies
Article 9.6: Removal of subsidies does not count as a violation of the treaty, even if the company is financially harmed
Article 9.7: Countries can nationalize their assets if they pay the companies with interest
Article 9.9: Countries can not require companies to use domestic goods or to buy products from within the country ("Buy American")
Section B: Conflicts between multinational companies and TPP countries will be settled through the Investor-State Dispute Settlement system
Article: White House Releases Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal by Vicki Needham, The Hill, November 5, 2015.
Article: For Pickens, Wind Claim May Be Last Power Play by Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, October 15, 2015.
Article: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Accord Explained by Kevin Granville, New York Times, October 5, 2015.
Op-Ed: Ron Kind: Why I'm Fighting for a Trade Deal by Rep. Ron Kind, LaCrosse Tribune, April 13, 2015
Article: Bilcon to Sue Canada for $300 Million After Winning NAFTA Ruling on Quarry, The Canadian Press, March 20, 2015.
Report: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Negotiations and Issues for Congress by Ian Fergusson, Mark McMinimy, and Brock Williams, Congressional Research Service, March 20, 2015.
Report: Reform of Investor-State Dispute Settlement: In Search of a Roadmap, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, June 26, 2013.
Article: Michael Froman and the Revolving Door by Felix Salon, Reuters, December 11, 2009.
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