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Fast Track

Despite Senate Approving Bad Fast-Track Bill Friday, Passage in House Remains Unlikely

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to defeat trade-promotion authority (TPA), and I am confident that the legislation will be defeated in the House.

Forced Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Senators who voted last week to Fast Track ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) call it a free trade deal, but really, it’s forced trade imposed on protesting American workers who have endured its damaging effects for decades.

Zach Carter

What Limbaugh's Attack On TPP Means For Its Republican Supporters

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

Conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh slammed President Barack Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Friday, telling listeners, "The od...

The TPP Is Corporate America's 'Precious,' but the House Is Mount Doom

Ben Wikler | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Ben Wikler

Thanks to a 20-year push to avoid making the NAFTA mistake twice, there is now a progressive coalition capable of tossing fast track and corporate-giveaway trade deals into the fiery depths of a congressional volcano. The House of Representatives could very well be the Trans-Pacific Partnership's Mount Doom.

Senate Approves 'Fast Track' For Obama's Trade Deal

AP | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's ...

Friday Talking Points -- Spinning Straw (Polls) Into Gold

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's one of those rare weeks in Washington where Congress deigns to actually do their job and vote on some stuff... before lapsing back into their default status, which is of course: "taking weeks and weeks off, on vacation."

Senate Advances Fast-Track Trade Bill

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics

(Adds rejection of currency rules mandating sanctions) By Richard Cowan and Jason Lange WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) - T...

Zach Carter

Hillary Clinton Has 'Real Concerns' With Obama's Trade Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Friday that although she has "real concerns" about the major trade pact President Barack Obama ...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Debate Reveals Absurd Level Of Trade Deal Secrecy

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A revealing conversation on the Senate floor Thursday showed precisely how secretive President Barack Obama's pending trade deals are, a...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Advances Fast-Track For Obama Trade Deals

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate handed President Barack Obama a major win Thursday, voting to advance his trade agenda by ending debate on a bill that would ...

Laura Barron-Lopez

The Hidden 'Betrayal' In Obama's Trade Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress prepares to give President Barack Obama expedited powers to "fast-track" trade deals through Congress, many U.S. steel mills...

Zach Carter

Progressive Group Targets Democrats With New Ads Linking Trade Deal To Medicare Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

Progressive activist group CREDO Action is targeting congressional Democrats with a new online ad campaign accusing them of supporting Medicare cuts b...

Michael McAuliff

Harry Reid Calls Trade Push By Obama And GOP 'Insanity'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The push by President Barack Obama and Republicans for gigantic new trade deals meets the definition of insanity, Senate Minority Leader...

Zach Carter

Obama Administration Pushes Back Against Environmentalist Trade Critics

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Wednesday released a report documenting its efforts to protect the environment through trade enforcement, th...

Laura Barron-Lopez

This Democratic Senator Is Doing All He Can To Kill Obama's Trade Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you didn’t know Sen. Sherrod Brown before, you probably do now. Brown (D-Ohio) has made a name for himself during the Senate fig...

Dana Liebelson

Elizabeth Warren: I Haven't Spoken With Obama About His Secretive Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) hasn't spoken with President Barack Obama about his secretive Pacific Rim trade agreement despite the pa...

Zach Carter

Human Trafficking Still Plagues Obama's Trade Ambitions

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Tuesday threatened to do "everything possible to have a floor fight" if President Barack Obama undercut...

Let the Public Read the Completed Parts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Basic facts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are under public dispute. Fast track must not be approved until this is cleared up. We the People deserve to know what is being voted on with fast track.

Candidates for President: Which Side Are You On?

Larry Cohen | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

The issue in Iowa is not trade or no trade, as some apologists for Fast Track try to argue. The issue is what kind of ground rules do we want so that we can evaluate trade deals after 20 years of corporate trade agreements that mostly are meant to protect the investment profits of multinational corporations.

Why Fast Track Is a Dangerous Gift to Corporate Lobbies

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

President Obama and the Republican Senators know what they are doing. They are handing gifts to the business lobbies out of sight of the American people, and attacking the opponents of fast track as anti-trade or ignorant, when in fact the opponents are merely pro-public interest. If the President and the Republicans believe these draft agreements are so good, and therefore merit fast track, let them make the agreements public, so that the public could say a resounding NO to ISDS and other threats to the common interest hidden within the draft agreements.

Why We Need to Defeat the Trade Bills

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

This is not our parents' trade bill. It is not about providing fair trade -- which we all support. Fast track is about pushing through the TPP, TTIP and future trade agreements that would massively increase the power of big corporations and affect the daily lives of Americans. The impacts go beyond job loss -- as serious as that is.

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Details Obama's Broken Trade Promises

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) issued a report Monday morning detailing decades of failed trade enforcement by American presidents incl...

Samantha Lachman

McConnell Praises Obama's TPP Negotiations

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that Congress' upper chamber would give President Barack Obama expedited authority to negot...

Friday Talking Points -- Is That Your Final Answer, Jeb?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Jeb Bush, in case you haven't heard, spent the entire week coming up with a believable answer to one question After watching Bush twist in the wind this week, we can't help but wonder if the 2016 Republican nomination race is going to closely resemble the 2008 Democratic nomination fight.

Why Is President Obama Having So Much Trouble Selling TPP?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

Of course, the critics are right, they are looking straight at the facts, the critics know exactly what a good trade policy would look like, and it's nothing like NAFTA or TPP.