At 2 p.m. on Tuesday Aug. 27, 2013, a delegation delivered a petition and a letter asking Rep. Diana DeGette, Senator Michael Bennet, and Senator Mark Udall to vote against the Obama administration's request to reauthorize Trade Promotion Authority (previously known as fast track) for the secretive Trans Pacific Partnership treaty (TPP). Essentially, Trade Promotion Authority would grant the President the power to negotiate the TPP and sign the agreement.
Opponents of the TPP argue that millions of American jobs will be outsourced and that corporations will have too much power over regulations and laws that pertain to labor rights, environmental protection, food safety, drug prices, and internet censorship. Supporters of the TPP dispute that it will increase market competition, reduce the price of products, and that the abolition of tariffs would increase exports. Although product prices could be reduced, it would most likely be at the expense of worker's wages.
Following the delivery of the petition and letter, protesters held a honk-and-wave protest near the Colorado Capitol to raise public awareness about the TPP. The TPP has been sparking international protest from Japanese farmers to parts of Europe to New Zealand. The Council of Canadians president Karen Abramsen released an open letter detailing her concerns about the TPP on Aug. 27, 2013 as well.