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  • Are we be better off with the thousands of factories shut down and millions of jobs lost?

    Are we be better off today with the thousands of U.S. factories that have shut down and millions of American jobs lost and the trillions in accumulated debt that we've run up in the last couple decades of free trade? And, of course, this is due to many factors including such things as: Big government Regulations High taxes Unions driving up costs Cheap labor overseas Fewer regulations overseas Lower taxes overseas Trade deficits etc., And doubly exasperated by poor trade deals? Or is this all a myth? Are we better off with cheaper foreign (cheap) goods, fewer U.S. factories, fewer...
  • Bad Trade Deal 'Worse Than I Thought,' Sanders Says

    11/05/2015 11:42:16 AM PST · by Wolfie · 49 replies
    Bernie Sanders ^ | Nov 5, 2015
    Bad Trade Deal 'Worse Than I Thought,' Sanders Says Sen. Bernie e Sanders issued the following statement today after the text of a proposed 12-nation trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, was made public. "Now that the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership has finally been released, it is even worse than I thought. It is clear to me that the proposed agreement is not, nor has it ever been, the gold standard of trade agreements. "This trade deal would make it easier for corporations to shut down more factories in the U.S. and ship more jobs to Vietnam and Malaysia where...
  • EXCLUSIVE — TED CRUZ: OBAMATRADE ENMESHED IN CORRUPT, BACKROOM DEALINGS

    06/23/2015 4:29:02 AM PDT · by Leto · 733 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 June 2015 | Ted Cruz
    As a general matter, I agree (as did Ronald Reagan) that free trade is good for America; when we open up foreign markets, it helps American farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers. But TPA in this Congress has become enmeshed in corrupt Washington backroom deal-making, along with serious concerns that it would open up the potential for sweeping changes in our laws that trade agreements typically do not include. Since the Senate first voted on TPA, there have been two material changes. First, WikiLeaks subsequently revealed new troubling information regarding the Trade in Services Agreement, or TiSA, one of the trade deals...
  • Heritage Action and Americans for Limited Government Plea to Senate: Vote ‘NO’ on ObamaTrade

    06/22/2015 10:44:23 PM PDT · by Mariner · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 22nd, 2015 | unattributed
    The Senate is set to vote on the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation the House passed last week that gives President Obama fast track trade authority to finalize his trade negotiations without Congressional amendments. Right now, Obama is finalizing negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). Under fast-track trade authority, Congress only gets an up or down vote on the final negotiation, and is not part of the negotiating process. The legislation passed the House because it did not contain TAA – Trade Adjustment Assistance – a...
  • Sen. Sessions: Slow Fast-Track Now, Before It’s Too Late

    06/21/2015 5:21:05 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6-21-2015 | Jeff Sessions
    Fast-Track, or Trade Promotion Authority, will receive a final cloture vote in the Senate on Tuesday morning. This is the bill that passed the House. If cloture is invoked, the bill will pass the Senate and go to the President’s desk. More than four weeks have passed since the Senate first voted on whether to grant the Executive six years of fast-track authority. In that time, an enormous amount has been discovered about how the President plans to use this authority – information that was either not known or understood when the vote was held. This includes the Administration’s pledge...
  • 190 Republicans who voted to ignore 2/3 vote requirement for trade treaty (TPP)

    06/18/2015 4:02:50 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 128 replies
    6-18-15 | johnwk
    CLICK HERE for the list of House Republicans who spat upon our Constitution today and ignored its expressed requirement for a two thirds approval vote for any deals cooked up by our president with foreign powers. In effect, these Republicans have unconstitutionally lowered the two thirds requirement to a simple majority to approve deals consummated by our president with foreign powers and engaged in the same despotic action the President has engaged in when signing Executive Orders that violate statutory law and/or our Constitution’s written provisions. These Republican turncoat and lying scoundrels tell us that the Pacific Rim deal is...
  • GOP leaders vow to resurrect Obama trade deal

    06/17/2015 5:11:26 PM PDT · by familyop · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 17, 2015 | Dave Boyer and Stephen Dinan
    Republican leaders will try to resurrect the trade deal Democrats sank less than a week ago, planning a new vote Thursday and insisting they will corral enough votes to approve fast-track negotiating powers President Obama needs to complete a legacy-building Pacific Rim trade deal...“We are committed to ensuring both TPA and TAA get votes in the House and Senate and are sent to the president for signature,” House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a joint statement, pushing back against claims that the issue is dead after last week’s embarrassing failure...The White House has...
  • TPA, TAA, TPP, TED CRUZ, JEFF SESSIONS AND YOU

    06/14/2015 6:35:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 218 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 14, 2015 | Bill Sullivan, Little Rock Religion Examiner
    STOP FIGHTING AGAINST PATRIOTS.TPA, TAA, TPP, TED CRUZ, JEFF SESSIONS AND YOU There is a lot of confusion about these acronyms; about what Jeff Sessions believed and what Ted Cruz voted for. But I hope you are able to see when I finish, why we should be careful in fighting our own about every thing we hear. Sometimes they will even differ in their understanding. I was ignorant about it up until a week or two ago, when I looked into the matter carefully. First of all not one person up there understands more about international rulings and how they...
  • Trans-Pacific Partners (TPP) Countries: Comparative Trade and Economic Analysis

    06/13/2015 11:59:47 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 148 replies
    Congressional Research Service ^ | June 10, 2013 | Brock R. Williams
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed regional free trade agreement (FTA) among 12 countries: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam. The negotiating partners have expressed an interest in allowing this proposed “living agreement” to cover new trade topics and to include new members that are willing to adopt the proposed agreement’s high standards. Japan is the most recent country to seek entry into the TPP. The Administration gave Congress notice of its intent to negotiate with Japan in the TPP on April 24, 2013......
  • TED CRUZ HQ: A Note to Conservatives on Trade Agreements

    06/13/2015 4:07:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 237 replies
    Ted Cruz for President ^ | June 12, 2015 | Staff
    Senator Cruz entirely understands the widespread suspicion of the President. Nobody has been more vocal in pointing out the President’s lawlessness or more passionate about fighting his usurpation of congressional authority. Senator Cruz would not and will not give President Obama one more inch of unrestricted power. There have been a lot of questions and concerns about the ongoing Pacific trade negotiations. Many of those concerns, fueled by the media, stem from confusion about Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Let’s unpack the issues one by one. What are TPA and TPP? TPA stands for Trade...
  • A Trade You Can Believe In

    06/13/2015 6:06:09 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-13-2015 | MOTUS
    ObamaTrade is on hold for now - thanks to a handful of Democrats who were surprised and offended that Big Guy came to solicit their votes by guilting them and impugning their integrity.Why the surprise? That’s how Barry always deals with people who dare question his directives. So Democrats rejected a Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) measure (like dozens of others they’ve always  approved enthusiastically and unconditionally). That negated the subsequent symbolic passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which was not allowed to high-speed railroad us into economic suicide without the accompanying TAA. Apparently the donkey balls couldn’t convince their union...
  • FAST TRACK FIASCO, But Who Owns It?

    06/13/2015 2:42:11 AM PDT · by nathanbedford · 21 replies
    vanity | 13 June 2015 | Nathan Bedford
    The free trade debate is really about two questions: Capitalism, has it failed because we have slipped into an era of crony capitalism? Representative democracy, has it failed because it is no longer representative? To set the context: Most conservatives and most economists indeed most Americans, agree that fair trade is economically beneficial. By the Milton Friedman analysis, those who efficiently produce goods do so and trade them for goods made by people who make other goods more efficiently. Everybody wins. As a theoretical and even practical analysis this is something we conservatives obviously favor but it is not something...
  • Closing arguments against fast-track

    06/12/2015 7:58:29 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 Jun 15 | Rick Manning
    On Friday, there will likely be a vote on fast-tracking President Obama's most progressive trade deal(s) in history. Here is why the House should vote no on granting the president what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called "an enormous grant of power." 1. Obama is a terrible negotiator, so he needs full oversight. Remember the Iranian nuclear deal, the China climate deal, the Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl release deal? These are just three examples that prove a simple fact: Obama is not a very good negotiator when it comes to representing U.S. interests. Fast-track trade authority denies Congress the...
  • Paul Ryan: Voting 'yes' on trade won't give Obama carte blanche

    06/12/2015 2:35:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 11, 2015 | Rep. Paul Ryan
    The House of Representatives will vote Friday on a bill to establish what's called TPA, or trade promotion authority. A yes vote would be a huge win for conservatives, free-market principles and American leadership. Still, there's a lot of confusion out there about what exactly TPA is. It's not a trade deal, but a process in Congress for considering trade deals. Sounds complicated, I know, but it's actually pretty simple. If Congress establishes TPA, the public will be able to read the text of a trade deal well before Congress votes on it. So if you want to know more...
  • Ryan sweetens Fast Track trade deal pot

    06/11/2015 2:01:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 11, 2015 | Rick Moran
    Hoping to attract more conservative support for the Fast Track trade authority deal that will probably be voted on today, Rep. Paul Ryan is trying to address some major concerns that conservatives have with the bill by offering an amendment that would prevent the president from negotiating any changes to US immigration or climate change law. Wall Street Journal: [.....WSJ quote.....] I don't think these concerns are "far fetched" at all, and Ryan's amendment is both wise and prudent. The fact that Congress has a vote on whether to accept the final deal - just like they have an up...
  • TIME TO CONTACT CONGRESS. NOT THAT IT WILL HELP MUCH BUT YA' NEVER KNOW!

    06/11/2015 10:09:29 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 21 replies
    Vanity ^ | 6 11 2015 | Dick Bachert
    Today, I'm sending this to the Georgia delegation in D.C. I'd urge you to do something similar for YOUR state's guys. Time grows short, people. Very short! (The links to the House and Senate web addys are below.) Since his elevation to the office, Obama has made crystal clear his hatred for America and all she once represented. He and Jarrett have done all they can to weaken and ultimately destroy this nation. I write to you with a very simple message: While my specific interest at the moment is the sovereignty destroying so-called Fast Track Trade measure, until he...
  • Left and Right Line Up Against Fast-Track Trade Legislation

    06/11/2015 9:52:03 AM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11 June 2015 | William Mauldin
    Tea party activists, labor unions both say Obama’s trade agenda is undemocratic and secretive Some of the fiercest opponents of President Barack Obama’s trade policy on the left and right are sending notably similar messages in a bid to kill legislation in the House designed to expedite a major Pacific trade deal. With a deciding vote set for Friday, unions and progressive groups are emphasizing arguments that also appeal to conservative organizations, accusing the Obama administration of undue secrecy, stretching the limits of executive power and undermining U.S. sovereignty. “The left is using the language I use,” said Richard Manning,...
  • Ted Cruz takes high road in laying out policies

    05/29/2015 11:50:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | May 30, 2015 | Chris Cassidy
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) RINDGE, N.H. — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz laughed off his starring role as a “Capitulating Canadian,” dressed up in fighting clothes, in the first attack ad of the 2016 presidential campaign launched by a U.S. Sen. Rand Paul super PAC — and vowed not to retaliate against his Kentucky rival. “Well, I have to say I chuckled. I’ve never seen myself portrayed as a World Wrestling Federation person, even though I guess it was one that I was not supposed to win,” Cruz told the Herald after a town hall event at Franklin Pierce University last night. “It’s politics....
  • Team Rand Attacks ‘Canadian’ Ted Cruz

    05/29/2015 10:33:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 148 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 29, 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’s America’s Liberty Super PAC is out with a new ad attacking Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as a “Canadian” who supports President Obama on domestic surveillance extensions in the Patriot Act. The extreme-style smackdown ad features Paul as the shirtless hero of a Sunday brawl in the Senate over the NSA and the right to privacy. Featuring a picture of Cruz with Obama and the backdrop of a Canadian flag, the ad calls the Texas Senator a “capitulating Canadian” who is “backing Barack’s bill.” Technically, the ad is not endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)'s campaign, but...
  • TISA Leaks: Another Secret ObamaTrade Deal, More Reasons to Stop "Fast Track"

    06/06/2015 6:01:13 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 9 replies
    The New American ^ | 05 June 2015 | William F. Jasper
    Here comes another secret ObamaTrade treaty with enormous ramifications for every American. Wikileaks has released 17 documents related to a mammoth trade agreement the Obama administration has been negotiating that will, purportedly, cover 80 percent of the U.S. economy. It’s called TISA, the acronym for Trade In Services Agreement. It’s a pretty sure bet that 99.99 percent of Americans have never heard of it. But if the U.S. House of Representatives votes to give President Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA, better known as “Fast Track”) — and this vote could happen soon — TISA could be rammed through Congress in...
  • Wikileaks uncovers important chapter of the TPP

    06/03/2015 8:14:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    AnonGalactic ^ | June 4, 2015
    WikiLeaks releases today the “Investment Chapter” from the secret negotiations of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) agreement. The document adds to the previous WikiLeaks publications of the chapters for Intellectual Property Rights (November 2013) and the Environment (January 2014). The TPP Investment Chapter, published today, is dated 20 January 2015. The document is classified and supposed to be kept secret for four years after the entry into force of the TPP agreement or, if no agreement is reached, for four years from the close of the negotiations. Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor said: “The TPP has developed in secret an unaccountable supranational...
  • Granting Obama fast-track authority reinforces bad behavior

    06/02/2015 6:03:12 AM PDT · by Theoria
    The Hill ^ | 02 June 2015 | Neil Siefring
    Granting President Obama trade promotion authority (TPA) as the Senate has, and the House may, is a poor idea. It reinforces bad behavior — the president's continued unchecked circumvention of the Constitution — and perpetuates the erosion of Congress' autonomy and self-respect by facilitating the president's issues with constitutional authority. Free trade is good for the American economy, helps grow jobs and increases our gross domestic product. But giving trade promotion authority to Obama, who has flouted the Constitution, would harm the legislative branch's credibility and our system of government. That potential damage outweighs the benefits of passing TPA now....
  • TTP Regulates Essentially Every Aspect of a Modern Economy; Only 5 of 29 Chapters About Trade

    06/01/2015 1:41:55 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 40 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 28, 2015 | Staff
    It is mostly not about trade, only 5 of the 29 Chapters are about traditional trade. The others are about regulating the internet, and what information internet service providers have to collect, they have to hand it over to companies under certain circumstances, the regulation of labor conditions, regulating the way you can favor local industry, regulating the hospital, health care system, privatization of hospitals, so essentially every aspect of a modern economy, even banking services are in the TPP. By putting it in a treaty form, there are 14 countries involved, that means it is very hard to overturn...
  • This Is How Little It Cost Goldman To Bribe America's Senators To Fast Track Obama's TPP Bill

    05/31/2015 6:16:54 AM PDT · by cutty · 56 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/30/2015 | Tyler Durden
    It took just a few days after the stunning defeat of Obama's attempt to fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership bill in the Senate at the hands of his own Democratic party, before everything returned back to normal and the TPP fast-track was promptly passed. Why? The simple answer: money. Or rather, even more money. Because while the actual contents of the TPP may be highly confidential, and their public dissemination may lead to prison time for the "perpetrator" of such illegal transparency .... fast-tracking the TPP, meaning its passage through Congress without having its contents available for debate or amendments,...
  • Malaysia's Human Trafficking Problem Could Slow Fast Track to TPP

    05/30/2015 8:49:16 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 May 2015 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    As Congress and the president prepare to hand over American sovereignty to a board of international bureaucrats as mandated by a super-secret trade agreement, one of the partners in that pact might have a problem that could prove troublesome.As reported by several major media outlets this week, the U.S.’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) partner Malaysia has a substantial problem with human trafficking that may force President Obama and his congressional co-conspirators to pump the brakes on the fast track to passage of the agreement.On May 25, CBS News reported that Malaysian officials uncovered “139 suspected graves in abandoned camps used by...
  • MATT DRUDGE SLAMS BOEHNER FOR PROMISING TO PASS OBAMATRADE: ‘CLEARLY TREASON’

    05/23/2015 10:44:48 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 79 replies
    Breitbart ^ | may 23, 2015 | by KATIE MCHUGH
    Matt Drudge took to Twitter to deliver an ongoing tirade against Republicans’ eagerness to deliver a fast-track trade bill to President Obama’s desk. The bill’s details have not been made public — which hasn’t stopped Republicans from surrendering Congress’s power to make amendments to a president’s future trade deals. Should a Republican presidential candidate lose the 2016 general election, the Trade Promotion Authority bill could be to blame. Keeping the bill’s details from voters was “clearly treason,” Drudge tweeted...
  • AFL-CIO president: Bad trade deal is worse than no deal (Trumka Alert!!!)

    05/18/2015 7:24:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/18/15 | Steven Dubois - AP
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The head of the largest U.S. trade union federation said Monday that a bad deal is worse than no deal, and he urged Congress not to support fast-track legislation that would let President Barack Obama present Congress with proposed trade agreements that lawmakers can ratify or reject, but not amend. That would make it easier for Obama to get congressional approval for a trade deal between a dozen Pacific Rim nations. Trumka spoke Monday at a news conference about 10 miles from Nike Inc. headquarters in Oregon, the spot where Obama recently defended the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • U.S. Republicans claim enough votes to pass fast-track trade bill

    05/17/2015 10:17:01 AM PDT · by Mariner · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 17th, 2015 | By Doina Chiacu
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Republicans predicted on Sunday that both chambers of Congress would muster the votes to pass the "fast-track" authority sought by President Barack Obama to negotiate major trade deals, despite opposition from Obama's fellow Democrats. "Yes, we’ll pass it. We'll pass it later this week," Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview with ABC. Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he was confident the measure would also pass the House of Representatives. "We will have the votes," said Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. "We're...
  • Krauthammer: A ‘no’ to free trade is a ‘yes’ to China

    05/15/2015 12:03:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | Dr. Charles Krauthammer
    That free trade is advantageous to both sides is the rarest of political propositions – provable, indeed mathematically. David Ricardo did so in 1817. The Law of Comparative Advantage has held up nicely for 198 years. Nor is this abstract theory. We’ve lived it. The free-trade regime created after World War II precipitated the most astonishing advance of global welfare and prosperity the world has ever seen. And that regime was created, overseen, guaranteed and presided over by the United States. That era might be coming to a close, however, as Democratic congressional opposition to free trade continues to grow....
  • TPP Vote 2015: Senate Reaches Agreement To Move Fast-Track Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Authority

    05/13/2015 7:29:04 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 34 replies
    IB Times ^ | May 13 2015 | Howard Koplowitz
    Senate Democrats reached a deal with Republicans Wednesday to move forward on U.S. President Barack Obama’s fast-track trade agenda, one day after pro-trade Senators stalled the bill by blocking debate, according to Politico and Roll Call. In exchange for their support on a vote for the fast-track trade authority, Democrats will get separate votes on two related bills on currency manipulation and duty-free status to U.S. imports of goods from certain sub-Saharan African countries. “We have to take some of these votes separately or we kill the underlying legislation,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., according to Politico. “It’s...
  • Senator suggests gender played into Obama-Warren spat

    05/12/2015 1:57:44 PM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | May 12, 2015 | Seung Min Kim
    Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, one of the top Democratic opponents of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda, criticized Obama on Tuesday for what the senator saw as “disrespectful” comments toward Sen. Elizabeth Warren and indicated that Warren’s gender may have played a role. “I think by just calling her ‘another politician’,” Brown told reporters Tuesday when asked how Obama was being disrespectful to Warren. “I’m not going to get into more details. I think referring to her as first name, when he might not have done that for a male senator, perhaps? I’ve said enough.”
  • President Obama's DANGEROUS TRANSPACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TREATY to be FAST TRACKED & VOTED ON NEXT WEEK

    12/06/2013 8:37:12 AM PST · by kobald · 18 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | December 6, 2013 | Janet Klien
    Obama secretly signing away U.S. sovereignty Click this link to learn more: http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/obama-secretly-signing-away-u-s-sovereig... Anyway the Republicans are getting ready to help Obama destroy America with this dangerous treaty. This webpage's existence, Made In America on Food Products, Patents on life threatening surgeries and Generic Drugs will all be gone if this Treaty gets Fast Tracked. According to the Financial Times just released today, THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE HAVE STRUCK A DEAL WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ALLOW ONLY 51 VOTES IN THE SENATE TO RATIFY THIS AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY DESTROYING TREATY. Please read from the Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ce008052-5dfd-11e3-8fca-00144feabdc0.html... I urge Justin...
  • NOW president: Obama's Warren critique sexist

    05/13/2015 7:24:09 AM PDT · by PROCON · 21 replies
    thehill.com ^ | May 12, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Greg Nash National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O'Neill on Wednesday called President Obama's critique of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sexist. O'Neill told The Hill she took issue with Obama calling Warren by her first name during an interview with Yahoo News published Saturday. "Yes, I think it is sexist," O'Neill said. "I think the president was trying to build up his own trustworthiness on this issue by convincing us that Senator Warren's concerns are not to be taken seriously. But he did it in a sexist way."
  • Senator Jeff Sessions – Leader of the Rising “Populist Conservatives”

    05/13/2015 6:19:40 AM PDT · by xzins · 48 replies
    CHQ ^ | 5/13/2015 | CHQ Staff
    Yesterday, led by Alabama’s principled limited constitutional conservative Senator Jeff Sessions, a small band of the Senate’s “populist conservative” Republicans joined with Democrats to, temporarily at least, derail the “fast track” Trade Promotion Authority bill (TPA) now working its way through Congress. The TPA bill is backed by a strange alliance of Big Business, establishment Republicans and, wait for it – Barack Obama. Only one Democrat, Sen. Tom Carper, voted for the bill. The Wall Street Journal attacked conservatives opposing the bill as “No-Growth Republicans,” but the clear winner in the battle so far has been Senator Sessions, who has...
  • The Controversy Over Immigration And New Trade Authority

    05/12/2015 1:51:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 12, 2015 | by Stuart Anderson
    A controversy has emerged about whether granting the president Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) would result in expanded immigration. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), chair of the Senate’s immigration subcommittee, has written, “There are numerous ways TPA could facilitate immigration increases above current law – and precious few ways anyone in Congress could stop its happening.” To negotiate international trade agreements, a U.S. president needs Trade Promotion Authority. TPA allows a president to finalize an agreement and put it before the U.S. Congress for an up-or-down vote. Without such authority, other countries would not conclude trade agreements with the United States, since...
  • Republicans: Dems reneged on trade deal

    05/12/2015 1:28:02 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5-12-2015 | Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Republicans Tuesday accused Democrats of reneging on deal that would give President Obama "fast track" authority to approve trade pacts. Senate Finance panel Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Democrats broke an agreement struck in committee that Trade Promotion Authority legislation would move separately from two provisions dealing with trade enforcement and preferences. "This demand materialized last week and came from the Senate Democratic leadership, virtually all of whom oppose TPA and their president outright," Hatch said, moments after Democrats voted to block the trade bill. Democrats said Tuesday they opposed the bill because they wanted the legislation to include...
  • NOW president: Obama’s Warren critique sexist

    05/12/2015 9:57:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 12, 2015, 07:04 pm | Kevin Cirilli
    National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill on Wednesday called President Obama’s critique of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sexist. O’Neill told The Hill she took issue with Obama calling Warren by her first name during an interview with Yahoo News published Saturday. “Yes, I think it is sexist,” O’Neill said. “I think the president was trying to build up his own trustworthiness on this issue by convincing us that Senator Warren’s concerns are not to be taken seriously. But he did it in a sexist way.” …
  • Senate Democrats block action on Obama's trade agenda

    05/12/2015 2:50:09 PM PDT · by kingattax · 37 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 5-12-15 | By CHARLES BABINGTON
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats dealt President Barack Obama a stinging setback on trade Tuesday, blocking efforts to begin a full-blown debate on a top priority of his second term The president's supporters said they will try again, possibly starting in the House. But they couldn't sugar-coat a solid rebuke from the president's own party, led by some who served with him in the Senate.
  • Senate deals stinging defeat to Obama trade agenda (fails 52-45)

    05/12/2015 12:04:31 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 115 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/12/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats on Tuesday delivered a stinging blow to President Obama’s trade agenda by voting to prevent the chamber from picking up fast-track legislation. A motion to cut off a filibuster and proceed to the trade bill fell short of a 60-vote hurdle in the 52-45 vote. Sen. Tom Carper (Del.) was the only Democrat to back it. Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) switched his vote from yes to no to reserve his ability to return to the measure at a later date. Fast-track is a top legislative priority for the White House, but it has run into significant...
  • Democrats filibuster Obama’s trade bill

    05/12/2015 12:04:35 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 42 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 12, 2015 | By Stephen Dinan
    Senate Democrats filibustered Tuesday to block the first major free-trade vote in years, dealing a blow to President Obama and GOP leaders who were pushing a deal in a rare show of bipartisanship, but who once again find themselves struggling with the political fringe. Unlike the last few years’ worth of conservative objections, this time it was liberals who balked and pulled moderate Democrats with them, putting the brakes on the bipartisan push and imperiling the rest of the spring congressional agenda. The White House said the filibuster was only a “procedural snafu” and urged GOP leaders in Congress to...
  • Congress giving Obama 'blank check' for gun control (Trans-Pacific Partnership)

    05/09/2015 5:35:14 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 21 replies
    WND ^ | May 09, 2015 | Greg Corombos
    Larry Pratt: Secret trade deal allows prez to 'stick it to 2nd Amendment' Congress is being urged to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade plan even though most have not read it, and a leading gun-rights activist says the plan could give President Obama the power to limit the importation of ammunition and implement his political agenda in many different ways. “Fast track authority in the context of this treaty means a blank check,” said Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt. “By a majority vote, the Congress is preparing to give the president authorization to negotiate a treaty. When...
  • Ten Things You Need to Know About Fast Track

    04/27/2015 11:29:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2015 | Michael Hammond
    As the Congress begins debate on granting President Obama "Fast Track" authority on trade, here are ten key items you need to know:One: "Fast Track Authority" Is, At Its Core, Nothing But A Significant Transfer Of Legislative Power To Barack Obama And His Immediate Successor.It's not exactly like Missouri v. Holland, since, rightly or wrongly, trade agreements have not, constitutionally, been treated as treaties. But it's analogous to Missouri v. Holland in the sense that everything in the agreement will have the force of statutory law. And it will have the force of law even if, under Article I, Section...
  • Senate Committee Approves ‘Fast Track’ Trade Bill Needed for Pacific Agreement

    04/23/2015 11:42:19 AM PDT · by Kevin C · 10 replies
    The Wall Street journal ^ | 4/22/2014 | WILLIAM MAULDIN
    Major trade legislation favored by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders passed a Senate hurdle on Wednesday, despite opposition from some Democrats. The “fast track” bill, which would pave the way for a sweeping trade agreement among 12 Pacific countries, cleared the Senate Finance Committee by a vote of 20 to 6. It passed along with a measure backed by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) that would seek to punish foreign companies that benefit from alleged currency manipulation overseas. Another key currency provision was defeated. The fast track bill’s progress in the Senate came on a day when Mr. Obama...
  • Obama: Elizabeth Warren Is 'Wrong' On Trade

    04/22/2015 7:11:45 PM PDT · by Theoria · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | 22 April 2015 | Domenico Montanaro
    A full-fledged Democratic trade war has broken out."I love Elizabeth. We're allies on a whole host of issues, but she's wrong on this," President Obama said Tuesday night in an interview on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, referring to liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.Warren and the progressive left, scarred by trade deals past like the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, have launched a vocal fight against granting the president so-called "fast-track" authority to negotiate a 12-country Pacific trade deal. "Are you ready to fight?" Warren said at a rally April 15 with labor leaders and Vermont liberal Sen....
  • Deal Reached on Fast-Track Authority for Obama on Trade Pact

    04/16/2015 11:49:33 AM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 16 April 2015 | Jonathan Weisman
    The leaders of Congress’s tax-writing committees reached agreement Thursday on legislation to give President Obama “fast track” authority to negotiate an ambitious trade accord with 11 other Pacific nations, beginning what is sure to be one of the toughest legislative battles of his last 19 months in office. The “trade promotion authority” bill — likely to be unveiled Thursday afternoon — would give Congress the power to vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership once it is completed, but would deny lawmakers the chance to amend what would be the largest trade deal since the North American Free Trade Agreement. Senator Orrin...
  • Trade fight looms as Congress returns

    04/13/2015 9:53:49 AM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    Politico ^ | 13 April 2015 | Doug Palmer and Adam Behsudi
    A smoldering debate over trade is expected to get even hotter after Congress returns from its two-week spring break. Senate Finance Committee leaders Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden appear poised to introduce a “fast track” trade promotion authority bill along with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. But months of closed-door negotiations were continuing on Friday, congressional aides said. The power, largely embraced by Republicans, pits many congressional Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and potentially Senate Democratic leader-in-waiting Charles Schumer, against the White House. The measure would allow President Barack Obama to submit free trade agreements to Congress...
  • Do unions have the oomph to stop Obama's trade agenda?

    03/14/2015 3:42:19 PM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 14 March 2015 | Brian Mahoney and Doug Palmer
    The AFL-CIO’s bold announcement that it would withhold contributions to congressional Democrats in advance of votes on fast-track trade protection authority thrilled labor supporters and annoyed many Democrats. But it remains to be seen whether the move will impede the Obama administration’s trade agenda — or merely become the latest illustration of unions’ declining clout. The AFL-CIO has tried such moves in the past — including during the 1993 fight over the North American Free Trade Agreement — only to be defeated and then resume funding Democrats again. Now, with a wide margin of pro-trade Republicans in the House and...
  • Left and Right Align in Fighting Obama’s Trade Agenda

    02/10/2015 11:41:00 AM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 09 Feb 2015 | JONATHAN WEISMAN
    An odd marriage of convenience between liberal Democrats and Tea Party Republicans is squeezing President Obama on his ambitious trade agenda, forcing the White House and top Republicans to fight a two-front war on an international economic effort the president hopes to secure before he leaves office. An alliance between the likes of Representatives Louie Gohmert and Dana Rohrabacher — two of the House’s most conservative members — and Rosa DeLauro and Louise Slaughter — ardent liberals — is unlikely enough. But as the political fringes expand on each end, they are challenging another strange-bedfellows alliance between Mr. Obama and...
  • 2nd Amendment threatened in Obama's trade plans

    01/30/2015 8:00:23 AM PST · by drypowder · 7 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Jan. 22, 2015 | Curtis Ellis
    Gun Owners of America is blasting a congressional proposal that empowers Obama to unilaterally negotiate international agreements as “a ‘bait and switch’ scheme that could seriously impact the Second Amendment.” House and Senate committees are currently preparing to hand Obama so-called “fast-track” trade promotion authority. It would enable the president to unilaterally negotiate the TransPacific Partnership, a trade and global governance agreement with the U.S. and 11 other nations bordering the Pacific Ocean.
  • GOP leaders turn on voters, will work to give president fast-track trade power

    01/28/2015 7:24:38 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 27 replies
    1/28/15 | johnwk
    SEE: Critical of Obama’s past actions, GOP now wants to give him more power on trade ”Republicans have consistently railed at President Obama’s exercise of his executive authority, disparaging him as “an emperor” who has ignored Congress on immigration, climate and Cuba. Now that they fully control the Congress, those same Republicans critics are on the verge of handing the president expansive new powers to circumvent those who want to stand in his way on trade. GOP leaders in both chambers are close to introducing legislation that would grant the administration broad authority to finalize one of the largest free-trade...