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Obama Steps Up Trade Lobbying

Okay, maybe he spent the weekend partying, but now he’s back in action, and look out, because the hangover is gone!

President Obama today is meeting with House and Senate Democrats he thinks he may be able to convince to desert their leadership and join with Republicans to pass fast track trade negotiating authority.

“As part of the Administration’s ongoing outreach on trade, the President will hold meetings today at the White House with pro-trade Democrats in the Senate and the House,” a White House official said.

According to reports, Republicans are going to try to move the fast track bill first, pass it, and then move separate legislation providing trade adjustment assistance – aid to workers displaced by trade. The process could begin this week.

The Democrats voted down the TAA measure last week, but Republicans hope that once fast track has been passed, the incentive to support TAA will be stronger. What’s more, Republicans may be planning to bury the TAA measure in a separate trade bill.

This will enable people who opposed the initial TAA bill to get on both sides of the issue and pretend they were for things before they were against them and so forth.

Because that’s how they roll in Washington.

Obama is also making calls. But did he call House Minority Leader Pelosi, who led Democrats in revolt against the trade bill?

The openness White House wasn’t saying.

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11 Responses to Obama Steps Up Trade Lobbying

    • Thanks for that link, Marcus. I was just coming here to post this:

      http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/17/gop-leaders-vow-resurrect-obama-trade-deal/

      Republican leaders vowed Wednesday to find a way to resurrect the trade deal Democrats sank less than a week ago, insisting they will corral enough votes to make sure President Obama gets the controversial fast-track negotiating powers he’ll need to strike a Pacific 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.

      TPA, or Trade Promotion Authority, is the fast-track powers bill. TAA, or Trade Adjustment Assistance, is a package of aid for workers displaced by trade deals. Both were supposed to move in unison.

      TPA received majority support in last week’s House showdown, but TAA fell short after Democrats, who generally support the assistance, voted against it as a way of poisoning the package deal.

      • We have to keep reminding ourselves: what all the these “trade” enthusiasts are leaving out of the PR for this catastrophe is that “trade” is the least of it. We’ve all talked about the other elements buried deeply in this mess. Yet, those pushing this thing will not even mention those elements.

        We remember that the EU proposition (which this bill is largely based upon) was sold to Europeans and the UK as a “trade” bill. Oh, wouldn’t that be the cat’s meow. Yet, today, 80 percent of all the laws impacting the UK in every area, as an example, since since the EU came into being, come from the EU pranksters in Brussels. That’s what we are in for. Some faraway bureaucrats will be telling us how to live our lives, how often we can flush our toilets, what cars we can drive, etc. We know the drill.

        And being a member nation in the EU isn’t free. Countries pay billions of pounds/euros to keep that elephant afloat. We can safety believe that this global trade bill will cost the US billions and maybe trillions annually.

        Boy, we being sold down the river. And Obama and the Repubs are pushing us into that river.

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9643193/EU-budget-who-pays-what-and-how-it-is-spent.html

  1. […] Obama steps up trade lobbying . . . Okay, maybe he spent the weekend partying, but now he’s back in action, and look out, because the hangover is gone! President Obama today is meeting with House and Senate Democrats he thinks he may be able to convince to desert their leadership and join with Republicans to pass fast track trade negotiating authority. White House Dossier […]