This morning it was announced that an agreement had been reached between the 12 countries negotiation the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
I've spoken out against this plan many times in previous episodes but this agreement means the U.S. congress will now have 30 days before an up or down vote will need to be taken to approve the deal.
If you remember back a few months I explained to you the TPA or "Trade Promotion Authority" congress passed that allows the president to simply receive an up or down vote on any trade deals rather than congress being able to offer amendments or changes.
I hate to say it but I think it's a virtual certainty that the deal gets passed. There are just to many big dollar donors who have influence in Washington these days.
But even if they didn't we've got a whole other list of problems coming out of the U.N. which recently announced they would be starting the new Strong Cities Initiative aimed at getting cities to adopt new international standards for