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Kathy Castor “leaning no” regarding her vote on the Trans Pacific Partnership

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Tampa Democratic Representative Kathy Castor says she is leaning against giving “fast track” authority to President Obama for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal involving the U.S. and 11 South American and Pacific Rim nations that if enacted would be the largest trade deal since the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Mexico, Canada and the U.S. Last week leaders of tax committees in both the House and Senate agreed to legislation that gives Congress the right…

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Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker comes to Tampa to pump controversial trade agreement

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker came to Tampa Monday morning, ostensibly to discuss the Obama administration’s new forays into diplomatic relations with Cuba. However she used the majority of her speech to pump up the Trans Pacific Partnership, one of the biggest international trade agreements in modern history that President Obama hopes to have negotiated before the summer. “We cannot forget or ignore the fact that 95 percent of the world’s customers live outside the United States,” Pritzker told the…

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