Fast Track Bill Back On The... Fast Track After Senate Deal

from the trade-deal-moves-forward dept

This isn't a huge surprise, but after getting rejected on Tuesday, Senators went back into deal-making mode. And, after passing a bill to crack down on currency manipulation, enough Senators who voted no earlier in the week now voted yes to move the fast track ("trade promotion authority") bill forward to a floor debate. That debate should happen next week, and apparently there will be some attempts to add some amendments to improve the fast track bill, though it's unclear if any of those have a legitimate chance of getting in. In short, chances are the fast track bill will pass the Senate next week, meaning that the real question is whether there are enough votes in the House.

The whole thing still seems quite bizarre. You have House and Senate Republicans (the party that regularly insists that it believes in the Constitution as originally written) voting to give up their Constitutional authority to oversee international commercial under the Commerce Clause, and hand it to a President in the opposing party. And, yes, this is the same President that Congressional Republicans are trying to block on almost every other move, and whom they often insist ignores Congressional powers under the Constitution to use powers not granted to the Executive branch under the Constitution. Why would they do that? And, at the same time, most in the President's own party are against doing this.

Again, while I know that many who are opposing the TPP and TTIP are just against trade deals in general, I am generally in favor of good free trade deals. It's just that the TPP is not that. It's barely even a "trade" deal at all. And thus, it's quite bizarre to see the politics of how this has all played out.

Filed Under: congress, fast track, partisan politics, senate, tpa, trade, trade promotion authority


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    Anonymous Coward, 17 May 2015 @ 12:00am

    I don't see what's so bizarre about it. This is one of the few times we get to see the true colors of bought and paid for politicians.

    The President owes a lot of favors to his campaign donors. Running a presidential race isn't cheap. Republicans have been heavily in the pockets for big corporations for decades.

    The only thing bizarre, is that Democrats are opposing the deal. I still haven't figured that one out, but it may have something to do with the Democratic party being more pro union. Although unions in the United States have been pretty much destroyed by "free trade" deals and "right to work (for less)" laws, that I'm surprised that Democrats are still receiving enough campaign contributions from unions to even care.

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