June 11, 2015
The Last Refuge: by
The key part of this vote is to remove the possibility for trade defeats in the Senate. If Fast Track authority is passed/granted then a simple majority of 51 votes will be all that is required to approve President Obama’s trade deal.
Mitch McConnell has essentially granted President Obama new powers not enumerated in the constitution. John Boehner is about to do the same thing in the House of Representatives. Paul Ryan has cemented his cross-over to the dark side of Chamber of Commerce Republicans led by CoC head Tom Donohue…..
(Via Washington Examiner) The House will vote Friday on legislation to give President Obama “fast track” authority to secure trade deals.
Republican leaders announced plans for the vote in a closed-door meeting with their rank and file, who are divided over whether to support the legislation.
The vote is likely to be close. With just two days until the vote, GOP leaders continue to negotiate with members to win their approval for the bill.
“Actually we are doing really well,” House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., a chief negotiator, said as he emerged from the meeting. “I think we have addressed lots of concerns and I feel we really have an air-tight case to make. We’re in our closing arguments. We are comfortable. That’s why we are proceeding.”
Passage of the fast track bill, known formally as trade promotion authority or TPA, will depend mostly on Republicans, as fewer than 20 Democrats have said they will support the bill. (read more)
..”We are very close to full construction of the death star. We only need about 16 more months. The conservative rebel alliance must be defeated at all costs”. ~ Emperor Rove