Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., slammed the newly released text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a giant document that will impose an anti-democratic global commerce regime, one that gives unelected bureaucrats the power to change the terms of the deal.
"The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership runs 5,554 pages," he said. "This is, by definition, anti-democratic."
Sessions' staff said the document is 2 million words, "more than five times as long as Obamacare."
"No individual American has the resources to ensure his or her economic and political interests are safeguarded within this vast global regulatory structure," he added.
Conservatives like Sessions, but also many Democrats, have come out against the TPP, putting the deal in jeopardy next year when the Obama administration hopes Congress can vote to implement the deal.
The Obama administration just released the text of the agreement Thursday morning, but Sessions outlined several key problems he has with the deal. One of them is the creation of a new Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission, which he said would be able to adopt rules that change the rules. Sessions said that body could end up adjusting rules relating to labor, environment, immigration and other aspects of global commerce.
"The text of the TPP confirms our fears, plainly asserting: 'The parties hereby establish a Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission which shall meet at the level of ministers or senior officials, as mutually determined by the parties,' and that 'the commission shall: 'consider any matter relating to the implementation or operation of this agreement'; 'consider any proposal to amend or modify this agreement," Sessions said, quoting the agreement.
"These 5,554 pages are like the Lilliputians binding down Gulliver," Sessions added. "They will enmesh our great country, and economy, in a global commission where bureaucrats from Brunei have the same vote as the United States."
Sessions called on congressional leaders to treat legislation to implement the deal as a regular bill, and not one that gets privileged treatment under so-called Fast Track trade rules. Those rules put in place a process that only lets Congress accept or reject the deal, but not amend it.
President Obama notified Congress of his intent to sign the agreement on Thursday.