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On Our Way To Getting Fast-Track Trade Authority Passed In Congress

June 17, 2015

Lets get it done.  It all comes down to getting just the right mix for a compromise.

Here is how it appears to be resolved so both parties can claim some victory.  As a long-time champion of compromise deals in politics I applaud this strategy.  As a strong supporter of this trade deal I am passed to see a way forward.

House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a joint statement today vowing that Congress would send President Barack Obama a package of trade bills that would allow him to finish negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The House could begin the process Thursday, by voting on a bill to grant Obama fast-track trade negotiation authority. The joint statement is a sign that congressional leaders believe they’ll have the votes to revive Obama’s trade agenda after it was derailed last week by House Democrats.

The whole scenario then plays out like this.

The current strategy being considered by lawmakers is to bring up the fast-track bill by itself in the House, with the hope that enough Republicans — perhaps animated by the idea of delivering a blow to Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California and the minority leader, who led the charge against the administration on the House floor last week — would vote to pass it. “What you saw on the floor on Friday was an expression of concern of the American people,” Ms. Pelosi said in an interview on CNBC. “We are representatives. That is our title and that is our job description.”

 

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