Tag: ObamaTrade

Obama scores a major trade win, burnishing his foreign policy legacy

President Obama won new powers from Congress on Wednesday to bring home an expansive Pacific Rim free-trade deal that analysts said could boost U.S. economic standing in Asia and ultimately burnish his foreign policy legacy.   Obama’s victory on Capitol Hill, coming 12 days after House Democrats nearly scuttled his bid for “fast-track” trade authority, […]

Senate passes trade ‘fast track,’ handing Obama a major victory

The Senate voted Wednesday to give President Barack Obama “fast track” authority to negotiate trade deals—one of the final steps in a long political battle that pitted the White House against House Democrats.   The bill—which passed 60-38 in the Senate—will be sent to the president’s desk later this afternoon, but it was not immediately […]

Obama trade bill passes Senate

The Senate has handed President Barack Obama a major victory by approving “fast track” authority to negotiate trade agreements in Asia and elsewhere.   The 60-to-38 vote on Wednesday clears the way for Obama to seek final language on a trade agreement with Japan and 10 other Pacific-rim nations, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Congress […]

Conservatives “Fed Up” With ObamaTrade Retribution

Representative Ken Buck (R-Colo.), the House freshman class president, is the latest target for retribution by House Speaker John Boehner (shown with Obama). Boehner and his minions in the GOP leadership have been on a rampage, methodically punishing Republican members who dared to vote against Team Obama/Boehner/McConnell on Fast Track authority for ObamaTrade.   As […]

Cruz Flips Against TPA/ Fast Track; Sessions Hammers ObamaTrade

Citing corruption, “backroom deal-making,” and leaks that show the Obama administration is violating its assurances not to include immigration in its trade agreements, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas; shown on left) reversed his earlier support for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and voted Tuesday against the cloture measure to end debate on Fast Track authority for the […]

Obama’s trade agenda faces new showdown vote in Senate

President Obama’s trade agenda faces a key procedural vote in the Senate Tuesday as Democrats weigh whether to back legislation that would give the president the authority to submit free trade agreements to Congress for an up-or-down vote without amendments.   The vote, teed up by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is the highest […]

Last Chance to Stop Fast Track: Sen. Sessions Blasts Ugly Facts

In a last-hour attempt to stop the U.S. Senate from committing a most dangerous act, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has once again taken the heroic stance of lone warrior, warning fellow Republicans against giving President Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA, aka Fast Track). After weeks of complicated maneuvering and a confusing jumble of votes, the […]

Senate advances fast-track trade bill for Obama

Fast-track authority would allow Obama to send trade deals to Congress for up-or-down votes. The White House wants the authority to conclude negotiations on a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal. Thirteen Democrats backed fast-track in Tuesday’s vote, handing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a major legislative victory. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) voted against the procedural […]

Hundreds of tech companies line up to oppose TPP trade agreement

More than 250 tech companies have signed a letter demanding greater transparency from Congress and decrying the broad regulatory language in leaked parts of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bill.   The TPP would create an environment hostile to journalists and whistleblowers, said policy directors for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Fight for the Future, […]

Ghost of NAFTA haunts proposed Pacific Rim trade deal

As lawmakers gear up for a rancorous debate on a bill that would help President Obama secure a massive Pacific Rim trade deal, congressional Democrats and their allies are making the case that such an agreement would be disastrous for American jobs and wages.   For many, Exhibit No. 1 is the North American Free […]