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Fast Track

Now We Build a Fair Trade Movement

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Fast track trade authority passed last week. So many of us fought so hard but The money won again -- this time. What do we do now? We take this awareness and energy into the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

America's Trade Agenda: Too Important To Fail

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Joshua W. Walker

These issues, foreign and domestic, are far too important to leave unaddressed. Maintaining a U.S. trade policy that is at the heart of U.S. economic and foreign policy priorities is critical. In essence - it is too important to fail.

What Was Won in the Brutal Trade Battle

Sarah Anderson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

I tried to stay emotionally distanced from this one. It didn't work. When the White House and Republican leaders got the votes they needed in the Senate to advance "fast track" Trade Promotion Authority on Tuesday, June 23, it was crushing.

A Congressional Straightjacket: Fast-Tracking the TPP

Michele Goodwin | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

Now that Congress has granted President Barack Obama "fast-track" authority to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade and investment treaty among twelve countries on the Pacific Rim, where do we go from here?

Samantha-Jo Roth

Huckabee: 'Donor Class' Pushed Senate Republicans To Approve Obama's Fast-Track Trade Authority

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha-Jo Roth | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

CORYDON, Iowa –- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Thursday criticized Senate Republicans for voting to approve fast-track trade authority f...

Obama's Legacy Takes Shape With The Help Of Unlikely Allies

Associated Press | Julie Pace | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Long past the prime of his presidency, Barack Obama is defying the lame-duck label and solidifying the contours of his legacy with ...

Zach Carter

Senate Grants Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority After Contentious Battle

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate made it official on Wednesday, granting President Barack Obama the power to streamline passage of major trade pacts with Paci...

Wall Street and Big Corporations Got What They Wanted -- This Time

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Fast track is The Money directing Congress to go utterly against what vast majorities of people actively say, what movements of people are fighting for. Is this how business will be done in the 21st century? Maybe, but maybe not. We the People came close to winning this time. We will come closer and closer, then we will start winning again.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Pelosi Stands Down, Supports Passage Of Key Trade Measure

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) waved the white flag on Wednesday, telling her caucus she would support passage of a key m...

RHINOs in Charge

Pat Choate | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Pat Choate

Please. No more GOP complaints about President Obama making Constitutional power grabs. RHINOs (Republicans in Name Only) led by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) just gave the President.

Zach Carter

Here Are The Trade Fight's Biggest Winners And Losers

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The bruising battle over President Barack Obama's trade agenda was very likely decided on Tuesday as the Senate advanced a fast-track bi...

Fast Track Retaliation: Fueling the Bern in Iowa and New Hampshire

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Since NAFTA there is an unwritten rule enforced by the pro-corporate power wing of the Democratic Party that in order to be the Democratic nominee for president, you have to be a corporate Democrat on trade policy.

Zach Carter

Senate Gives Obama Huge Win On Trade

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday handed President Barack Obama the biggest legislative victory of his second term, with a dramatic vote clearing th...

Obama Scrambles For Votes On Fast-Track Trade Authority

The Hill | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

President Obama scrambled for votes Monday as Democratic support trickled in for his trade agenda, despite strong pressure from unions....

A Bernie Sanders Talking Filibuster Could Help Stop the Fast Track to Greater Inequality

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

It would be very healthy for the Republic right now if Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders would lead a "talking filibuster" of Fast Track.

Why We 'Ordinary People' Should Oppose Fast Track of the TPP Right Up To the Final Vote in Congress

Pearl Korn | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Pearl Korn

This so-called "trade" package is made up of 29 parts, with only five actually dealing with trade. Written in secrecy by 600 representatives of corporations and their allies, and shepherded by Michael Froman, our Trade Representative who came to this job straight from Wall Street -- has anyone ever heard of a conflict of interest in this administration?

Sorely Needed: New Trade Vision

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

American workers and American manufacturers don't oppose trade. They can compete on a level playing field with anyone in the world. But the current trade regime, swept in without serious analysis on the back of Fast Track authority, has failed to provide a level playing field.

Are The Dems Being Sucker-Punched On Trade?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Before Democrats entertain any more corporate wish lists, let's see what corporate America is offering in return. Trade adjustment assistance doesn't do it. A few Democrats may vote for the deal because they naively think TAA is a defensible trade-off. Most who hide behind this scanty fig leaf know exactly what they are doing.

Trade Deals and the Importance of Political Gridlock

David Coates | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
David Coates

Moves seem well underway in the Republican-controlled Senate to fast-track the vote on fast-tracking -- maybe as early as this coming Tuesday. That would be a pity, since the arguments for not passing the proposed trade deal continue to be worthy of long and slow consideration.

The President's Trade Deal Struggles Because It's Bad Policy

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a 12-country NAFTA-style trade deal with two serious problems. It doesn't work, and it's bad for democracy.

Laura Barron-Lopez

The 'Bizarre' Path Obama's Trade Agenda Has Taken

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama knew that getting his controversial trade agenda through Congress would be no easy task. But it's been nearly a m...

Michael McAuliff

McConnell Tries 'Trust Me' Strategy To Pass Obama Trade Bills

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) moved Thursday evening to secure passage of President Barack Obama's trade agenda, employ...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Pelosi: No Path Forward On Key Trade Measure

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) provided a grim outlook on Thursday about the future of legislation funding a worker aid p...

What Is the Trans Pacific Partnership?

Judy Frankel | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

All we really need to know is that passing H.R. 1314 essentially puts the omnibus, 29-chapter Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement onto the fast track, where Congress members don't get a chance to deliberate or discuss it on the floor of the House.

Michael McAuliff

House Passes Fast-Track Trade Do-Over

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The GOP-led House of Representatives started over on trade Thursday, passing a fresh bill to give President Barack Obama sweeping powers...