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Real American Conversations: The TPP

Last night, Stones’ Phones hosted a nationwide Telephone Town Hall as part of an ongoing series of Real American Conversations. Featuring Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Shane Larson, Legislative Director for the Communications Workers of America, and moderated by Stones’ Phones own Kevin Walling, the conversation centered on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and authorization of the Fast-Track Authority. A strong advocate for American workers, Rep. Pocan voiced his concerns that TPP would be “a bad deal for American industries and for the American worker.”


“As a small business owner, I’ve seen the number of Made in America products available to me dwindle sharply in the past decade because of the unintended consequences of so-called ‘free’ trade agreements,” said Rep. Pocan.


Both speakers were strongly opposed to the renewal of the Fast-Track Authority, which has Congress give up its constitutional responsibility to regulate trade.


The Telephone Town Hall also featured questions from participants, many of whom were hearing about the Trans-Pacific Partnership for the first time. Topics ranged from how TPP would affect specific industries to what individuals could do to stop both of these initiatives.


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