Obama Plans to by pass Congress again, and this time Democrats don’t like it.
President Obama lobbied Congress during his State of the Union last Tuesday to allow more influence over the global agenda with expanded executive trade powers.
Loyal Democrats, who’ve supported Obama’s executive overreach in the past, are working feverishly to stop him. Their union base doesn’t like free trade one bit.
“I have long supported President Obama. I believe he generally wants to improve the lives of working Americans,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro D-Conn, reported The Hill.
“But on the issue of trade, I will oppose the administration because unfortunately they are following the same exact policy that has failed in the past.”
Democrats opposing Obama’s new trade authority suddenly don’t like the idea of being sidelined, and complain the policy overrides Congress.
“Congress should preserve its constitutional authority over trade agreements, and fight to ensure that our trade policies support the American middle class and keep our jobs here,” DeLauro said.
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman says fast-track authority — known as trade promotion authority — will give Congress a greater role in trade agreements, since any trade pact that reaches Capitol Hill will allow a congressional up or down vote, according to The Hill.
“TPA puts Congress in the driver’s seat to define U.S. negotiating objectives and priorities for trade agreements,” Froman said. “So in many ways, TPA is Congress’s best tool to ensure that Congress and the public have ample time to give our trade agreements the public scrutiny and debate they deserve.”
Presidential trade promotion authority is one of the rare points of agreement for Obama and congressional Republicans.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Senate Finance Committee ranking Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon are working on a bipartisan bill with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan R-Wis, reported The Hill.
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