The critical reason that Congress should take a pass on this much-too-late effort to address currency manipulation is that it would likely abort our chance for a really beneficial free-trade agreement with Pacific Rim nations, which would bring us must better access to many growing markets. If there were a good time to do this, it was many years ago.
America's workers deserve a government that will fight for them in the trade arena. And the Obama administration should act boldly, instead of offering more of the same. That won't happen, though, unless the White House pursues an aggressive trade agenda that places the focus squarely on lowering the trade deficit.