How Trade Deals Like TPP Allow Overseas Organizations To Infringe On U.S. Sovereignty
POLIZETTE — “They’re making this stuff up. No trade agreement is going to force us to change our laws,” President Obama claimed in May 2015 in response to critics’ warnings that the Trans-Pacific Partnership could subvert U.S. regulations.
Unfortunately for Obama, free trade agreements like the TPP can and do force the U.S. to change its laws.
An issue of semantics in the extreme, the claim that no supranational entity is going to physically or even legally force the U.S. to change its laws is technically correct. But it is technically correct in the same way that it’s correct to say no one is actually forced to pay the mafia protection money. In reality, you must act or face dire consequences. In the case of trade, the threat is clear: Change your laws or pay up to countries that just won a complaint against you.
In December 2015, as part of the omnibus spending bill, Congress repealed the Country Of Origin Labeling law. It did so after the World Trade Organization authorized over $1 billion in annual sanctions against the U.S. until the rule was repealed.