Sen. Bernie Sanders took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to voice his criticism of the mainstream media for not covering the Trans-Pacific Partnership, President Obama’s new trade deal that has potential to be one of the largest in history.
“The major television networks are not covering the TPP. Incredible as it may sound, this trade agreement—the largest trade agreement in the history of the United States of America—has received virtually no coverage, no coverage, on the major networks,” Sanders said. The TPP, an agreement made between the U.S., Canada and 10 Asia-Pacific countries, reportedly covers roughly 40 percent of the global economy.
Supporters of the agreement believe it would reduce tariffs in participating countries, which would ultimately lead to economic growth and bring the countries closer together. Critics of the deal, however, argue that it would take jobs from the U.S. and “increase income inequality,” according to the Huffington Post.
“I think it’s obvious for anyone who has taken a look at this issue that the TPP is just a new, easy way for corporations to shut down in America to send jobs abroad,” Sanders said, likening the deal to North American Free Trade Agreement.
“Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is sometimes called insanity,” he said. “If we think that a new trade agreement based on the same principles of the old trade agreements are going to bring different results, I think we are very, very wrong.”
Watch Sanders’ remarks on the TPP – which begin around the one-minute mark – below.
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