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Waiting for the TPP

David Coates | Posted 11.05.2016 | Politics
David Coates

The emptiness of past promises stands as a stark warning of the likely emptiness of the promises now to come. We know the trade deal that America needs. If the TPP is not do that, it does not deserve our support: and if it does not deserve our support, that support should not be given.

Michael McAuliff

Disappointed Dems Help Pass Trade Relief For Fired Workers | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House passed a bill Thursday to help workers displaced by the trade deals Congress just gave President Barack Obama the power to sig...

Sam Levine

Obama Thanks Congress For Giving Him Fast-Track Trade Authority | Sam Levine | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama praised members of Congress on Tuesday for granting "fast-track" trade authority, which will allow him to negotia...

Zach Carter

Senate Grants Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority After Contentious Battle | 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...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Pelosi Stands Down, Supports Passage Of Key Trade Measure | 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...

Zach Carter

Senate Gives Obama Huge Win On Trade | 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...

Trade Deals and the Importance of Political Gridlock

David Coates | Posted 06.20.2016 | 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.

TPA Pivot Is Democracy at Work

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 06.19.2016 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

Obama and Congressional Republicans have few areas of agreement. Opponents of their shared trade agenda seek to make that list shorter. Anti-trade advocates should question whether they are either blinded by an idealized partisanship that can only lead to paralysis, or captured by special interests at odds with the general welfare.

Laura Barron-Lopez

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

Laura Barron-Lopez

Pelosi: No Path Forward On Key Trade Measure | 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...

Laura Barron-Lopez

House To Take Second Shot At Passing Obama's Trade Agenda | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans plan to breathe new life into President Barack Obama's trade agenda on Thursday by bringing up a stand-alone bill to g...

Ryan Grim

Path Forward For Obama And Boehner's Trade Agenda Is A Game Theory Jumble | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The path ahead for President Barack Obama's battered trade agenda is coming into focus. Here’s how it is likely to unfold, according t...

Laura Barron-Lopez

House GOP Eyes Clean Fast-Track Trade Bill Without TAA Funding | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Days after the House dealt a setback to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda, GOP leadership is considering plowing ahead with stand-...

Arthur Delaney

Dems Confident Worker Aid Program Won't Die In Trade Tiff | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in the House of Representatives are confident a program that helps laid-off workers won't be a casualty of an ongoing standoff...

Hillary Clinton's Comments On Trade Deal Create A Dilemma For Obama

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

By Krista Hughes, Richard Cowan and James Oliphant WASHINGTON/CONCORD, N.H., June 15 (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton complicated President Barack Obama...

Ryan Grim

GOP On Trade Deal: 'No One Will Be Negotiating With Leader Pelosi On A Path Forward' | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has no plans to negotiate with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after her caucus torp...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Road Ahead For Obama's Trade Agenda Remains Uncertain In House | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After his own party dealt him a stunning defeat last week, President Barack Obama may find little consolation returning to work Monday a...

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Explains Obama's Trade Troubles | Zach Carter | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats dealt a blow to President Barack Obama's trade agenda on Friday, voting down a bill that would have cleared the way for ...

Paige Lavender

Hillary Clinton: Obama Should Listen To Nancy Pelosi On Trade | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton encouraged President Barack Obama on Sunday to listen to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D) on tra...

Surprise! Hillary Clinton's Big Campaign Speech Didn't Mention The Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics

Hillary Clinton paid lip service to just about every issue dear to progressive voters in her presidential campaign kickoff on Saturday, from paid sick...

Zach Carter

Why It's So Hard For Obama To Undo Democrats' Trade Revolt | Zach Carter | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda are searching for a new legislative strategy following Friday's embarrassing defeat....

Ryan Grim

Obama's Last-Minute Trade Pitch To Dems May Have Backfired | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With his trade agenda hanging in the balance, President Barack Obama unexpectedly ventured to Capitol Hill on Friday morning to meet wit...

Michael McAuliff

Activists Threaten Primaries Against Dems Who Back Trade Deals | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic activists are trying to add momentum to a revolt against President Barack Obama's trade push Friday, threatening to seek prim...

Obama Drops In On Congressional Baseball Game On Eve Of Trade Vote

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2016 | Politics

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, June 11 (Reuters) - On the eve of a vote in Congress that could determine the fate of his Pacific Rim tr...

TAA Will Offer Little Help to Workers Hit Hard by Trade

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

No matter when it takes place, lawmakers must oppose TAA. This incarnation of the bill is not equipped to handle the massive size of either the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) or the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).