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Issa, Obama in showdown over trans-Pacific pact

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 05/16/2012 @ 5:37 pm In Politics,U.S.,World | No Comments

(Huffington Post) House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has taken the unprecedented step of leaking a secret U.S. trade document, in hopes of pressuring President Barack Obama’s administration into disclosing the details of a major trade deal with far-reaching implications on everything from “Buy American” contracting rules to prescription drug prices to internet freedom.

Issa – who endeared himself to the tech community in 2011 by speaking out against the Stop Online Piracy Act — is again taking up Silicon Valley’s cause in the talks surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multilateral free trade agreement currently being negotiated between the United States and eight Pacific nations. His move follows a barrage of criticism over U.S. demands in the talks, which have alarmed global health experts, domestic labor unions and government transparency advocates.

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