What is the Trans Pacific Partnership? More than any publicly debated bill in decades, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 2015 trade agreement. has ignited a firestorm of animosity and bad feelings. It's a massive, hugely ambitious trade treaty between 12 nations that are seriously involved in commerce related to the Asia-Pacific area, encompassing countries that make up over 40% of US international trade. Signed into law on June 29, 2015, TPP will have a great impact on tariffs, manufacturing, banking, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, the environment, and international defense.
Any agreement as far-ranging and impactful as TPP is bound to generate controversy, and it's no surprise that there are a number of individuals and corporations that are bitterly opposed to it. It's a centerpiece of President Obama's second term, but has drawn considerable opposition from the Democratic party. Major tech companies oppose it, but many other big businesses support it - as do a number of prominent Republicans.
Adding to the confusion is that the passing of the TPP agreement required a number of other pieces to fall into place, two of which are are important pieces of legislation with similar names - TPA and TAA. Not only that, but the negotiations were conducted in secret, with virtually nothing having been made public about the contents of the treaty itself. What has been released was illegally leaked, and might be out of date.How does one sort through all of this? What's the difference between TPP and TPA and TAA, and what impact will all of them have on your life? It's hard to know where to even start, so here are the most important questions you might want to ask about the Transpacific Partnership.