Tag: ObamaTrade

House passes ‘fast track’ trade bill

Last week, House Democrats voted down TAA, a program they historically support, in a concerted strategy to derail fast track. The two bills’ fates were linked to each other because they passed as one piece of legislation in the Senate last month.   House Republicans will send the fast track bill back to the Senate, […]

Pacific pact would kill U.S. jobs: Opposing view

Even if TPP does not kill your job, it will undermine Americans’ wages by pitting us in competition against Vietnamese workers making less than 60 cents an hour. The wages of all workers with similar skill levels decline when Americans losing better-paying manufacturing jobs join the glut of workers competing for non-offshorable jobs.   TPP […]

Boehner hands Obama trade deal

It was the second try in less than a week and the result of a strategy designed by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in consultation with President Obama.   The House technically did pass the trade Promotion Authority, or TPA, bill on Friday. But it did not include a controversial provision included in the Senate version […]

Jeff Sessions on Obamatrade’s ‘New Pacific Union’ Like the EU: Something America Has ‘Never Seen’ Before

“It is essential that there be no misunderstanding: fast-track preapproves the formation of not only the unprecedentedly large Trans-Pacific Partnership, but an unlimited number of such agreements over the next six years,” Sessions said. “Those pacts include three of the most ambitious ever contemplated. After TPP comes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between […]

House Approves Rule Allowing for Obamatrade Consideration at Any Time Through July

Conservatives opposed to ObamaTrade had urged members to vote down the rule as a way to help scuttle the ObamaTrade effort.   “Americans for Limited Government urges the House to reject any extension of consideration of the trade bill. The leadership has had every advantage and still cannot win. It’s time to put an end […]

Obamatrade would destroy America – World Tribune

The GOP pledged to roll back Obama’s countless usurpations of power. Instead, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have acted more like the president’s poodles. Their resistance has been close to nothing. On Obamatrade, they have actually empowered his radical, anti-American agenda. Mr. McConnell (and many Senate Republicans) voted for TPA; […]

White House, GOP try to pick up the pieces on trade

They appeared to be on the verge of a major victory on fast-track — and indeed, the controversial measure allowing Obama to send trade deals to Congress for up-or-down votes was approved Friday in a separate 219-211 vote. But because the House failed to approve a separate measure for workers displaced by trade deals known […]

Obama’s trade plan in critical condition

Congressional leaders and the White House are quickly finding there’s no easy option to revive President Barack Obama’s free trade initiative, leaving the White House’s top legislative priority in critical condition after Democrats turned against it in droves last week.   Millions of dollars and countless hours have been spent trying to pass Trade Promotion […]

The ‘other’ Obamatrade problem

But there is another huge Obamatrade controversy that has almost slipped back under the radar, one that divides conservatives and could have much greater, and longer-lasting, impact on the American economy.   The issue is: Whether giving President Obama increased power to make massive trade deals would also give him more power to massively increase […]

“Job-creating” ObamaTrade Requires Subsidies for Displaced U.S. Workers

Establishment Republicans, working closely with the White House, have been pushing a triad of trade agreements that, if enacted into law, are supposed to create jobs. Yet even proponents of the agreements acknowledge they will also cost many Americans their jobs. The content of the agreements — the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Trade in […]