The House is taking another stab at expanding trade powers for President Obama. A procedural vote to start debate on trade promotion, or “fast-track,” authority for the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership passed 244-181. House Democrats blocked the president’s trade legacy by voting down the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) provision, which helps workers detrimentally impacted from trade. It’s typically supported by Democrats, but was voted down 302-126 last week in order to kill the bill; the House was debating the Senate bill that was passed with TAA/TPA being a packaged deal. A failure to pass just one of those provisions would prevent the legislation from heading to Obama’s desk for signature due to parliamentary differences. This new renewed push doesn’t include the TAA provision, but promises a vote to extend the program, which expires in September in a separate vote (via Roll Call):
The House is set to vote Thursday on Trade Promotion Authority, with GOP leaders employing procedural maneuvers and indirect promises to make sure the bill eventually gets signed into law.
Pro-trade lawmakers are moving ahead with a vote on TPA without Trade Adjustment Assistance, which aids U.S. workers displaced by international trade.
The success of their plan hinges on whether Democrats who voted for TPA will still support that measure without immediate certainty they’ll also get TAA, which trade opponents voted down on June 12 to derail the entire package.
The Rules Committee, which voted Wednesday afternoon to set parameters for Thursday floor debate on TPA, used as a legislative vehicle a bill that originated in the House and was amended by the Senate, so it can get speedy House consideration and then, upon passage, avert a procedural speed bump in the Senate.
Democrats who voted for TPA and TAA last week looked poised to support the plan, with assurances from top GOP leaders there will be a “near-simultaneous track,” as Sen. Thomas R. Carper of Delaware put it, to pass TAA. …..
The very fact that all of this hinges on whether or not we get the TAA tells us this is a crap trade agreement, just like all of the other past and future “free” trade agreements we’ve had and will have. We expect that the American worker will be hurt …… again.
Can anyone name me a free trade agreement which has conclusively worker towards the benefit of America or the American worker? Just one. Anyone?
The American worker doesn’t want assistance when congress and the White House work to displace them. They want the Congress and the White House not to work to displace them!!!!!
Of course, one of the immediate questions would be why? Why would they do this idiocy?
Supporters of the president’s agenda argue that the United States must stay involved in international trade, in part because otherwise, countries like China will write the rules to their own advantage. The administration’s immediate negotiating objective is a round of talks involving 12 countries in Asia, North America and South America.
This is because China is famous for obeying international trade rules, or any international rules, for that matter. China does, and will continue to make they’re own rules and ignore even the rules they agree to, if it doesn’t sit well with them.
The United States is the world’s largest consumer nation. With or without this Pacific treaty, we will continue to stay involved in international trade. We don’t need this trade agreement to do so, or any trade agreement to do so. The world wants to sell us stuff. All we have to do is say “okay”. That’s a trade agreement. All else is an intrusion on the sovereignty of the American Republic and an attack on the US worker. This would also apply to any and all other nations in the world.
Good heavens!!!!! How long will this madness go on before people understand these “agreements” don’t work for anyone other than the established elite globalists?