The Coalition to Stop Fast Track began airing television ads in Sacramento, Bay Area, and Fresno media markets to encourage voters to urge their Representatives to oppose Trade Promotion Authority, aka “Fast Track”, which Congress is expected to vote on within the next two weeks. These “Bad Deal” ads are part of a seven figure campaign running across the country and specifically target Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA 6th District), and Congressmen Ami Bera (D-CA 7th District), Mike Thompson (D-CA 5th District) and Jim Costa (D-CA 16th District) who have been non-committal about their position on Fast Track legislation.
Jason Stanford, spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Fast Track, comprised of labor unions, environmental organizations, small businesses and progressives said:
Fast Track legislation guarantees a bad trade deal. Fast Track makes it easier to ship our jobs overseas, lower our wages, and undercut our environmental and food safety standards. Congress shouldn’t fast track Fast Track.
You can watch one of the videos below. And here is a script from the ads:
There’s a Fast Track trade bill being pushed through Congress. If it doesn’t stop, American workers will be railroaded. Left behind. Fast track … it’s just another bad trade deal. A deal that will give corporations sweeping power, kill jobs, weaken the economy, drive down wages, and even allow toxic food to enter U.S. markets unchecked. We’ve paid the price for these bad deals before. Don’t let Congress railroad American workers. This “Fast Track” deal must be stopped. Tell _________: Protect American workers … stop the bad Fast Track deal.