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Maffei joins local activists to oppose Trans-Pacific deal

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Maffei joins local activists to oppose Trans-Pacific deal
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A local congressman joins with members of several groups to voice their opposition to a trade agreement they say is being rushed through Congress.

Congressman Dan Maffei says the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement between the U.S. and Pacific Rim countries, has been negotiated in secret and is now being pushed as Fast Track Legislation.

That would force an up or down vote and limit lawmakers' ability to debate or amend the agreement.

Maffei says he believes the agreement would be one-sided, endangering U.S. jobs and creating an uneven playing field, "Other countries, including many of those included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, don't follow their own rules, don't follow their own laws, steal our intellectual property, have no regard for environmental standards, do not allow labor unions to even form."

A total of twelve countries are included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

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