I’m so spitting mad at this bs I don’t know where to begin!
Here’s a Fox article ……
President Obama suffered a defeat at the hands of his own party on Tuesday, as Senate Democrats blocked a key component of the president’s trade agenda.
After fierce lobbying on both sides of the issue, the bid to start debate — on expanding the president’s authority to negotiate trade deals — failed on a 52-45 vote. It needed 60 votes to advance.
The president’s supporters will likely try again, but the vote nevertheless marks a stinging rebuke of a major Obama priority by members of his own party. Republicans mostly had aligned with Obama on the issue and, after the failed test vote, urged Obama’s fellow Democrats to drop their resistance.
“What we just saw here is pretty shocking,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said, accusing congressional Democrats of standing with “special interests.”
At issue is Obama’s push for so-called “fast track” authority — which would let him negotiate trade deals that Congress can reject or ratify, but not amend. In the short-term, he wants to use this to pursue a broad trade pact with Japan and other Pacific nations. ……..
Well, Fox is mischaracterizing the issue. It isn’t only that congress can reject or ratify, it is that it would only take a simple majority.
Here’s a bit from Breitbart about the issue …..
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has joined the chorus of Republican presidential candidates and members of Congress opposed to granting President Barack Obama’s request for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) which would fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Pacific Rim trade deal.
“I’ve told leadership I’m a ‘no’ vote” on trade promotion authority,” Paul said in New Hampshire, according to WMUR. “I’m hesitant to give blanket authority on stuff we haven’t seen. I’m not saying there wouldn’t be a time I could be for it, if I’d seen the trade agreement, and it’s fine.”
“I still might vote for the trade agreement, but I hate giving up power. We give up so much power from Congress to the presidency, and with them being so secretive on the treaty, it just concerns me what’s in the treaty,” Paul added. …..
But, as Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) wrote for a piece for Breitbart News on Tuesday, it’s not available for members very easily—and they need to sign a non-disclosure agreement before reading it. Also, any notes members take need to be left in the room—something McAlvanah didn’t include in his statement.
“What is in this agreement known as TPP? I, as a United States Congressman, can read the negotiations,” Duncan wrote. “However, in order to read them, I must be in a classified reading room in the Capitol, sign a non-disclosure agreement which assures that I will not discuss the contents of what I have read, and I am allowed to take notes, but I have to leave them in the room.” ….
…. There’s quite a big difference between supporting free trade and supporting fast-tracking a deal that’s nonpublic and people don’t know what’s in it. Essentially, what Paul is arguing is exactly what
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is pushing for: Transparency, and less-of-a-rushed-process so people can know exactly what they are voting for.
Sessions has written to President Obama asking him to make the highly controversial so-called “living agreement” from inside the TPP deal—which is currently secret—public before the Senate gives him TPA fast-track authority for the deal. Also, this TPA would be a six-year authority and would apply to other trade deals, not just TPP—and give them an up-or-down vote rather than the 60-vote threshold, like most things in the Senate, or the 67-vote threshold for international treaties.
Let’s not pretend this would actually expire at the end of 6 years. Numerous bits of executive authority starts as a temporary authority, only to have it extended, over and over again, until it becomes permanent.
Here’s the nuts and bolts of the issue. President Zero wants to negotiate a trade agreement with several Pacific nations. He wants the contents of the trade agreement secret from the public. More importantly, he wants the authority to “fast-track” the agreement to where it only needs a simple majority of the Senate —- which is in direct conflict with the U.S. Constitution. This authority, would, of course, extend beyond Zero’s term and go into another president’s term. Someone, perhaps, like Hillary, who is known to sell government favors for cash. Or, perhaps some Republican scumbag, who would vote on something their constituents have no knowledge of, or ability to know of …..
From the NY Times ……
What could possibly go wrong with a super secret trade agreement which president Zero fully endorses? All the while, the Senate acquiescing authority they don’t have the authority to acquiesce?
Personally, I’m “trade-agreement” out. Since NAFTA, I can’t think of one which has benefitted the American people. Remember when NAFTA was suppose to stop illegal immigration? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about trade. We should trade when it benefits us. We should never trade when it is at the expense of the American people.
We should never sign on to trade agreements in which the public doesn’t have a chance to voice their opinions.
We should never elect senators who would vote to acquiesce their oversight responsibilities. Do your f’n job, senators, or, you find a different job if you can’t do the one you were elected to do …. you scumbags!
51 Republican Senators voted for this motion.