Obama trade push runs aground as House Democrats derail key bill

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  1. Revmitchell

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    In a dramatic defeat for the White House, President Obama's trade agenda ran aground in the House on Friday as Democrats banded together in opposition despite a personal plea from the president.

    In a 302-126 vote, the House killed a worker aid bill that was tied to the president's main agenda item -- legislation that would give Obama "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade deals. Without it, the trade push -- a key plank of the president's second-term agenda -- withers for now. The vote marked a stunning blow for the president at the hands of his own party, with Nancy Pelosi and labor unions helping drive the stake into the legislation in the end.

    Minutes before the vote, Pelosi took to the floor to appeal for a "better deal" for American workers.

    The key vote was on so-called Trade Adjustment Assistance bill, a program that retrains workers displaced by trade. The bill was originally put on the table as a sweetener to help entice recalcitrant Democrats to back the "fast-track" bill. But Democrats are so opposed to that legislation, they voted down the sweetener.

    The biggest defection for Obama came when Pelosi joined the rebellion in opposing TAA. Though she supports the worker aid, she said voting against it was the only way to "slow down the fast track."

    She said the main trade bill would be "stuck in the station" without TAA.


    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...keep-trade-agenda-afloat-ahead-critical-vote/
     
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    Elated!!! This would have been a very bad bill to pass for the country.
     
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    I agree it was a bad trade deal. The more I read about this the less I liked it. My first tip-off was the GOP was agreeing with Obama. I felt sure that anything where Obama and the GOP agreed was bad for the average American citizen.
     
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    This was not a vote on a trade deal. It was a vote on the authority to negotiate. This was a vote on TAA not TPP.
     
  5. Walguy

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    Most of the Democrats who voted against it only did so because Obama is black.





    (I know it's not true, but that's what the Dems always say when they and Obama are for something and the REPUBLICANS vote against it. So turnabout is fair play!)
     
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    Gotta agree with you, Walguy, the WHITE Democrats are racists and the biggest racist of them all is WHITE-PRIVILEGE Nancy Pelosi.
     
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    We all know democrats are aboard for passing legislation they haven't read. So...

    If this bill had not been approved by their masters, the labor union lobby, we would be finding out what the secret trade bill says right about now.

    They'll fall in line soon enough.
     

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