Editorial: Fast-track makes sense

L.A. Times

Still, it's clear from past trade pacts that the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks will never reach fruition unless Congress agrees not to rewrite the deal that's negotiated. The fast-track bill won't force Congress to approve whatever the negotiators hand them – lawmakers can still vote it down – but not having fast-track will pretty much guarantee that there will be nothing to vote on. And that would be a terrible mistake, because it would deny the United States the chance to bring more trading partners up to first-world standards for labor, environmental protection, intellectual property, Internet openness and other important elements of the 21st century economy.