From our friends at the Gun Owners of America comes this alert:
got back to work last week. And within the next month, the
congressional GOP leadership is expected to move a “bait and switch”
scheme that could seriously impact the Second Amendment.
The scheme is called “fast track.”
track,” Congress passes a bill which delegates to Barack Obama the
legislative authority to do anything he wants -- ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING --
so long as he includes it in a “trade agreement.”
this case, the trade agreement is the Trans-Pacific Partnership
agreement (TPP or TPA) -- currently being negotiated with thirteen
Pacific Rim nations.
problem is that Congress would delegate this authority to Obama without
knowing what was in the top secret agreement -- and possibly before it
is even completely written.
import bans? Does anyone want to bet that Barack Obama would resist
the temptation to sneak these into the TPA? And, if he does,
the agreement must be voted on “up-or-down,” with no amendments and
no possibility of a Senate filibuster. And every word of the
agreement would have the force of law.
would be one thing for a future pro-gun President to engage in these
negotiations. Under such circumstances, GOA would not consider gun
owners to have a dog in this fight.
this President has used his Executive “pen,” time and time again, to
circumvent the Congress and the Constitution. Giving him this “fast
track” authority is extremely dangerous. And things will only get more
difficult when every Establishment interest in Washington starts
pushing Congress to immediately approve this “up-or-down” deal.
We saw, with the anti-gun Cromnibus last month, how difficult it is to stop legislation under these circumstances.
So this is another one of those cases where Congress is being told to pass something “so we can find out what's in it.”
do know that Obama's Hollywood friends will be the big beneficiaries of
the TPA. We also know that there will be a lot of knee-jerk opposition
from liberals, who don't understand that Obama could stick a few
feel-good sentences about the environment or collective bargaining --
and spin millions of pages of liberal regulations out of them.
the bottom line is this: A dozen Senate Republicans opposed
to delegating unbridled legislative authority to Obama could squash
this deal. But it is important to act now.
ACTION: Contact your Senators and Representative. Ask them to oppose giving unbridled “fast track” authority to Barack Obama.