U.S. states are the frontline protectors of public health and safety. When federal standards in the United States fail to protect people and the environment, states have passed legislation that exceed these standards to protect the public interest.
In response to the widespread failings of the federal toxics law, for example, states have enacted 250 laws that go beyond federal standards to protect people and the environment from toxic substances. But this critical role of states is under attack.
EU proposals for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would gut states’ authority to regulate, converting federal standards into a “ceiling” instead of a “floor” from which to set more protective standards.To an unprecedented degree, TTIP proposals would involve federal agency bureaucrats in the decisions of state legislatures and governors and inject the concerns of foreign governments into states’ domestic policy choices.
The USA would take advantage of TTIP, TTP, and all the others as well. These sorts of exploitations are already happening around the world where big polluter, extractor corporations are suing governments for their rights OVER sovereign governments.
Hillary Clinton will support these trade deals even if she says she won’t. Her history shows she will and she’s been heavily invested in by those who would stand to gain from the deals. Trump says he wouldn’t, but he probably will too if it’s to his personal business benefit.