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Ag News Roundup: EPA & Glyphosate, Bad Behavior, & TPP

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Dennis Cantrell

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Dennis Cantrell

Agri-PulseEPA reconfigures, reschedules glyphosate panel:WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2016 – EPA has added epidemiological expertise to a scientific advisory panel (SAP) that will meet next month to consider the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate. The previously postponed meeting is now scheduled to take place Dec. 13-16 in Arlington, Virginia.
The agency added four new members to the SAP and subtracted one. Peter Infante, an epidemiologist whose appointment sparked criticism from CropLife America (CLA), is no longer on the panel. Continue reading.

The Washington Post: Trump adviser mentioned for Agriculture secretary called Clinton the c-word: Miller later blamed a “third-party vendor” for the tweet and said the person responsible would be “terminated and removed from any involvement with me or my campaign forever,” according to a report in the Austin American-Statesman. Spokesman Todd Smith originally told reporters Miller’s account was hacked.

Electronic Frontier Foundation: TPP: A Post-Mortem: The death of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that EFF called last week has since been confirmed by White House officials. This marks the end of a long-running campaign against the secretive agreement that EFF began back in 2012.

Make no mistake; although the proximate cause of the TPP’s demise was the U.S. Presidential election result, the TPP faced long odds in Congress even if the election had gone the other way. This in turn was due to broad opposition to the agreement from many sectors of society across the political divide, including from members of the digital rights community. So as we survey the fallout from the TPP’s demise, EFF and its supporters are entitled to feel proud of the part we played.

Implementation In Other TPP Countries

But as we mentioned when breaking news of the death of the TPP, this doesn’t mean that the other TPP countries are out of danger yet. In fact only today New Zealand’s Parliament passed the implementing legislation required to ratify the TPP, including legislation that would extend the copyright term in New Zealand from 50 to 70 years after the death of the author.

BreitbartGOP House Leader Wants to Revive TPP: ‘Don’t Withdraw, Renegotiate’: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may not be dead after all: House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady wants to “re-negotiate” Obamatrade during President-Elect Donald Trump’s first term.
Brady said the GOP-controlled Congress should defend TPP, called by some the “nascent European Union,” which the outgoing Obama administration reportedly abandoned after Trump’s election. Reuters reports:

“Republicans are going to continue to support the freedom to trade,” the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee said.

When it comes to the controversial TPP, which president-elect Donald Trump has opposed, Brady said the plan was defensible.

“Don’t withdraw, renegotiate,” he told a panel of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. “There is plenty that levels the playing field. Renegotiate. Fix the problems that exist today. Let’s find a way to move forward.”

TPP, which is not simply a “trade deal” but the creation of a new global governing structure, of weighs in at 5,554 pages and can only be reviewed in a secret, secured room in Washington, D.C. by congressmen and aides with certain security clearances. Under current fast-track rules, it cannot by amended or filibustered by Congress.

Have a great hump day!

Melissa Beck

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