Members Of Congress Demand USTR Open Up On TPP
from the about-time dept
It appears that more and more people in Congress are getting fed up with this. A new letter has been sent to the USTR, on behalf of Congress (though, not surprisingly, spearheaded by Senator Wyden and Rep. Issa) demanding that this insanity stop, and that the USTR reveal what it's pushing for on behalf of Americans -- especially when it comes to the intellectual property sections.
Regrettably, the American people know very little about what the USTR is seeking in TPP generally, but specifically on IPR (Intellectual Property Rights). We believe that among all the areas of the TPP negotiations, the matters considered in the IPR chapter are ones in which there is particular public interest, therefore the USTR should be especially transparent and collaborative with the general public on these issues.It seems likely that the USTR will simply ignore this letter, showing what kind of respect it has for Congress.
The American people deserve to know what the administration is purportedly seeking on its behalf.
We insist that, as expeditiously as possible, the USTR provide to the public detailed information about what obligations (and exceptions) the USTR is seeking in the IPR chapter. We call on the USTR to be particularly explicit with respect to what it aims to obtain as it relates to pharmaceutical drugs and enforcement of intellectual property rights online. Finally, it is important that the USTR convey to the American people whether the USTR is pursuing disciplines elsewhere in TPP that will promote an open and free Internet, given the Internet's increasing role in facilitating American exports of traditional goods and services as well as digital goods and services.