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Trade Promotion Authority

Keeping Up With the Times and the Democratic Party

Rep. Rosa DeLauro | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Rep. Rosa DeLauro

Here's the real message behind the congressional votes on fast-track authority and trade-adjustment assistance: Democrats will no longer support major trade agreements that cost American jobs and create further downward pressure on wages, especially as inequality continues to accelerate.

Jessica Schulberg

White House Blasts Trade Bill Provision That Aims To Protect Israeli Settlements | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House on Tuesday slammed a provision in the recently passed trade bill instructing U.S. trade negotiators to pressure European...

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.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Dem Senator: Obama Has Been Pushing Foreign Policy Through Trade All Wrong | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hours after it became clear that President Barack Obama's trade agenda would make it through Congress, a top Democratic voice on foreign...

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...

Congress Tries To Resurrect Obama's Trade Agenda

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON and DAVID ESPO | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's long-pursued trade agenda took a giant step toward becoming law on Tuesday, and opponents grudgingly conc...

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.

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...

Michael McAuliff

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

Zach Carter

Democrats Throw A Wrench Into Republicans' Trade Strategy | Zach Carter | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Key Democratic lawmakers, led by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), sent a letter on Wednesday to Senate leaders saying they do not support a n...

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...

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...

House Democrats Take the Moral High Ground on Trade

Mary Bottari | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

While Obama appealed to party loyalty, many Democrats, who have watched factory after factory leave the United States with no replacements in sight, seized the moral high ground. They took a stand against the secret trade-negotiating process that puts all the power in the hands of powerful industry lobbyists, shutting out U.S. workers and their representatives in Congress.

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 ...

Lies, Damnable Lies and Trade Lies

Pat Choate | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Pat Choate

On Friday, the House of Representatives held an extensive debate on whether Congress should adopt fast track rules for ratifying the Trans Pacific Partnership. What ensued was a jumbled debate in which advocates for fast tracking the TPP entered into a world of fantasy economics and delusional politics.

Fast Track Down

Lori Wallach | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Lori Wallach

To understand what comes next, it's worth unpacking what exactly happened on Friday and how we got there.

Laura Barron-Lopez

House Regroups To Save Obama's Trade Agenda From Democrats | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama suffered an embarrassing defeat Friday in his push to pass his trade agenda. But now attention is turning to the ...

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....

Arthur Delaney

Democrats Just Shot The Hostage In Obama's Trade Deal Negotiations | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

Wanda Perdue of Rocky Mount, Virginia, said she signed up for a federal program that helps workers whose jobs are shipped overseas when her job was, i...