Even though the fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is now being described as shaky, it won't hurt to call your Congress Critter to finally stop this abomination once and for all.
Public Citizen provides a convenient form to help you contact your reps, urging them to deny President Obama his so-called "fast track authority" to approve a corporation-friendly pact that has little to do with free trade and everything to do with giving entertainment conglomerates control of the Internet, giving multinationals the right to sue sovereign governments in kangaroo courts, allowing Big Tobacco to spread the cigarette habit to poor kids in third world countries, fixing the high price of life-saving drugs, and loosening food safety regulations. And those are just a few of the leaked parts we actually know about.
Max Baucus (D-UnitedHealthCare) and Dave Camp (R-House Ways to Be Mean Committee) have introduced legislation that would ram the fast-track authority through without giving our reps the ability to even read what's in it or attach their own amendments. Debate on final passage would also be limited, lest too many questions be asked. And so far, at least 150 Democrats have vowed to oppose it. Last fall, they wrote to the president, complaining about being left out of the negotiating loop.
But just because our reps are refusing to play along at the moment doesn't mean they won't play along in the future. Life sure has a funny way of getting the champions of democracy in a back room where they're urged to "embrace the suck" if they have any prayer of getting campaign funds from their party. If these people went home for Christmas without giving extended aid to the unemployed, I wouldn't put anything past them.
So call them. Write to them. Take nothing for granted.