Monday, June 22, 2015

RINOs desperate for ObamaTrade, House approved TPA moves to Senate

Last week, while all eyes were on Charleston, the bastardized remnants of the Republican Party took a Rahm Emmanuel approach in pushing through TPA passage in the House and sending it on to their equally miscreant counterparts in the Senate for a vote scheduled to take place this week.
Breitbart: Obamatrade is alive.

One week after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected Obamatrade by voting against a key provision of it — Trade Adjustment Assistance — GOP establishment lawmakers resuscitated Trade Promotion Authority and rammed it through Thursday afternoon. The final talley was 218-208.

The House action is unusual. As Breitbart News reported: “To engage in the complicated procedural chicanery needed to revive the once-dead Obamatrade, bringing its Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) portion back to life, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) needed to gut a previous bill that has passed the House and Senate and then insert Obamatrade into it. It’s actually a very similar process to how Obamacare passed the House.”

Obamatrade will face more hurdles, though.

Because the Senate passed TAA and TPA together, the individual House version will now have to go back to the Senate for approval, where it may face a filibuster. It’s unclear how many senators would support TPA without TAA, a measure to aid workers who lose their jobs because of trade policy.

The Senate isn’t expected to take up TPA until next week, but Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has expressed confidence it can pass.

Obamatrade is making for unusual partnerships in Washington. Barack Obama is working with McConnell and House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) to pass a measure his own party largely rejects.

Last week he traveled to Capitol Hill to lobby for his trade measures, but shortly before the House vote on TAA, Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced she opposes it. More than 300 representatives ended up voting down TAA, setting the stage for Thursday’s moves to bring TPA back to life.
I'm not as convinced of the supposed hurdles. Boehner and McConnell are damned and determined to give this imperial president more authority, thus ushering in ObamaTrade. Unfortunately, conservatives aren't coalesced in opposition, and too many are selling out America in the name of 'free trade'.

Related link: House Passes “Fast Track” Trade
Here's how the GOP leadership takes it to...their own?

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