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.
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.
I was proud to have worked closely with labor, consumer, senior, environmental and faith-based constituencies in working to reject this deal. We need fair trade agreements that benefit workers here and around the world, protect our planet, and promote access to affordable medicines and safe food. The ongoing TPP negotiation does not meet those tests.