10 days ago Obama suffered a serious loss when Congress denied him a vote he needed to push the TPPA through. This week a teenage kid shot 9 people in a black church and the media talked of nothing else. Make no mistake, this was a terrible terroristic act and it deserves our unmitigated condemnation but as they say, never let a good crisis go to waste and in the shadow of the events in Charleston the congress did what it could not get away with the week before.
In New Zealand the MSM reported on it but while Tim Groser was happy about it we did not hear a peep from our Wall street banking Prime Minister
The House on Thursday took the first step toward resuscitating the White House’s trade agenda by passing legislation granting President Obama fast-track authority.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where the White House and GOP leaders are seeking to strike a deal with pro-trade Democrats.
The House vote was 218-208, with 28 Democrats voting for it.
This is the second time in a week the House has voted to approve the controversial fast-track bill. On Friday, the House voted 219-211 in favor of fast-track, which would make it easier for Obama to complete a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal.
In last week’s vote, the House GOP paired the fast-track bill with a measure known as Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) that gives aid to workers displaced by trade. Both measures needed to be approved in separate votes for the entire package to move forward.
House Democrats have historically favored TAA, but they voted against it on Friday to kill fast-track, which is deeply opposed by unions and other liberal groups.