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Wyden Warned: Don't Fast Track Trade Agreement

<p>Activists delivered a petition to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden&rsquo;s office Tuesday.</p>

Activists delivered a petition to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden’s office Tuesday.

Activists handed in a petition to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden's office Tuesday. It asks the senator to change the Fast Track system as he works on a new international trade agreement.

Fast Track allows presidents to negotiate new trade deals, and then gives Congress an up or down vote.

But many believe fast-tracking deals like NAFTA sent U.S. jobs overseas.

Now as chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Wyden is working on a new agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

He says it's being negotiated with more transparency and better enforcement than Fast Track. Some call it Smart Track.

Emma Pullman with the watchdog group Some Of Us, handed in the petitions. She wants Wyden to ensure his new "smart tracking" system is better than fast tracking.

"Over the last 30 years the plight of workers around the world hasn't improved and the sort of like idea that trade deals are good for Americans, good for Oregonians, is sort of not really the case," Pullman says.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the largest trade agreement since the World Trade Organization was created. But its size has slowed its passage.

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