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Protesters Oppose Trade Agreement

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A coalition including unions and environmentalists are opposing the fast tracking of a trade agreement they say would cut jobs and consumer protections.

Protesters gathered in front of congressman Richard Hanna's Binghamton office to oppose the deal that would include the United States and 11 other countries.

The protesters say previous deals that have been fast tracked have weakened environmental protections and the process does not allow congress to add amendments that could protect jobs and consumers.

"What we're afraid the Trans Pacific Partnership will do is lower the standards for working people as far as wages, worker protections, safety, and also lower consumer protections by removing some of the regulations that are already in place," said Vincenzo DeRosa of the Communications Workers of America.

A spokesperson for Hanna's office says he will review any trade legislation that comes before the house of representatives, though, to date, nothing has been formally proposed. The Obama Administration is pushing for the deal saying it would boost US economic growth, support american jobs, and grow made in America exports.