Stunning: Nancy Pelosi Just Stood Up And Defied Obama In A Way He’ll Hate

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., rebuked President Obama trade proposal by announcing she would not be backing the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which would fast-track trade agreements through Congress.

Ahead of the votes Friday, Pelosi said she would vote against the extension of the Trade Assistance Adjustment program (TAA), nullifying the validity of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). This came despite a rare visit from President Obama to Capitol Hill Friday to whip Democratic votes in his favor.

“[W]hile I’m a big supporter of TAA, if TAA slows down the fast track, I am to vote — I am prepared to vote against TAA,” Pelosi said on the House floor. “Because its defeat, sad to say, is the only way that we will be able to slow down the fast track.”

Now I understand there will be some manipulations here one way or another what bill comes first, what can come up, what can’t, but the fact is this. The facts are these, actually, that the — if T.A.A. Fails, the fast track bill is stopped.

TAA failed 126 to 302, with TPA passing shortly thereafter. A second attempt at passing TAA is likely to take place on Tuesday. If TAA does not pass, the TPA is rendered null and void and must go back to the Senate for consideration.

Still, many conservatives were dumbfounded by finding themselves agreeing with one of the staunchest liberals in Washington:

h/t: The Hill

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Breaking: House Votes To Give Obama More Power

The House passed sweeping legislation Friday that will give the executive branch “fast-track” authority on trade negotiations.

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) barely passed 219 to 211 Friday. Once signed into law, it would force Congress to cast an up or down vote on trade agreements without adding any amendments, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. President Obama huddled with House Democrats in an effort to whip as many votes as possible ahead of Friday’s session, The Hill reported. The Senate passed the bill last month.

One of the most surprising “yea” votes was cast by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, after a deal was brokered to insert an immigration provision he proposed in the TPA legislation:

None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to negotiate or finalize a trade agreement that includes provisions relating to visas issued under section 101(a)(15) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)).’

“This amendment is the foundation of my language that will be enrolled with TPA,” King said in a statement. “My language tells the executive branch that they cannot negotiate changes in our immigration laws or use visa programs as a negotiating tool. Further, my language keeps immigration out of all future trade agreements negotiated under TPA. I am confident this has improved TPA and it gets me to a yes on the final bill.”

But documents in the Trade in Services Act (TiSA), another one of the deals that would be presented to Congress once TPA is enacted, names 37 industries where U.S. visa processes must be expedited, requiring no more than 30 days for a temporary worker visa to be approved, as pointed out by Breitbart.

The news outlet also mentioned that only an “[X]” is given where the number of years would be filled in for the length of entry or temporary stay.

Conversly, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., came out against TPA. “[W]hile I’m a big supporter of TAA, if TAA slows down the fast track, I am to vote — I am prepared to vote against TAA,” Pelosi said on the House floor ahead of the vote. “Because its defeat, sad to say, is the only way that we will be able to slow down the fast track.”

The House failed to pass an extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program (TAA), 126 to 302, which gives aid to workers displaced by trade agreements–but was proposed again by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, with a vote scheduled Tuesday. It was suspected that had TAA failed, TPA would not be brought to the floor for a vote.

TPP, one of the trade deals which will be presented to Congress, has been criticized from both the left and right and shrouded in secrecy, as Edward-Isaac Dovere noted in Politico last month. “If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door.”

The lower chamber also passed Trade Enforcement legislation, which includes language tightening restrictions on trade manipulation and “make[s] permanent the tax deduction for charitable contributions of food by any trade or business.”

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John McCain: Lap Dog Of Barack Obama, The Saudi Royals — Or Both

Senator Rand Paul, at one of his many campaign stops for his presidential run, referred to Senator John McCain as a “lap dog” to President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. Many believe the proper description of Senator McCain’s relationship to Barack Obama should have been “yelping lap dog.” When Obama bows to Saudi royalty, Senator McCain is there to hold his hand.

On January 27th of this year, Senator McCain dutifully traveled with President Obama to Saudi Arabia to pay his respects to the newest Sunni despot, King Salman. McCain brought support for President Obama’s homage to the new despot in the form of two former Secretaries of State who served in Republican administrations, James A. Baker III and Condoleezza Rice.

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined with Senator McCain and President Obama and other high American officials in the rather feudal ceremony of celebrating the lordship of the new King of Saudi Arabia, who apparently outranks all other world leaders. (Vice President Joe Biden showed up to slobber over the King a week later.)

Standing by President Obama on his pilgrimage to show reverence for King Salman was not enough; the yelping lap dog keeps pressing President Obama to be even more faithful to the wishes of the Sunni King. In Iran, for example, Senator McCain wants the military strikes favored by Saudi Arabia, regardless of the cost in American lives or the resulting chaos and war in the Middle East. Iran has a population of nearly 80 million, and cannot be so easily defeated or toppled as was the government of Yemen in the “Arab Spring” at the request of King Abdullah.

McCain has also done some yelping about Syria, arguing that President Obama has not moved fast enough to follow the wishes of the Saudi royals in toppling the secular government there. McCain wanted American airstrikes in Syria, and ground forces if needed, to bring the Sunni rebels to power.

McCain went beyond backing President Obama’s efforts to overthrow secular governments in the Middle East and replace them with Sunni puppet governments favored by the Saudi royals. He actually entered Syria illegally, with the help of President Erdogan of Turkey, to foster violence and revolution. While there, he proudly posed for photos with terrorists wanted for crimes in Lebanon.

John McCain just doesn’t get it. The United States doesn’t have the money or the military strength to actually occupy every nation in the world who has a leader who is regionally problematic.  Syria was not a threat to the United States or to a single American citizen, and still isn’t. Gaddafi in Libya had become an ally of the United States; but thanks to the McCain/Obama intervention in that nation, the place is in chaos and is an exporter of terrorists who are a real threat.

The beheadings of Egyptian and Ethiopian Christians on the beaches of Libya are a direct result of the McCain/Obama Middle East policies. The Christians who lived in Libya would still be safe in their homes had it not been for Senator John McCain’s demands to murder Gaddafi and hand over control of the government to al-Qaeda linked rebels. And in Syria, tens of thousands of Christians whose families have ancestry back to the time of the Apostles of Jesus have been forced to flee their homes. Currently, mortars are being supplied to the rebels who are firing on Christian churches in Damascus, the roots of which run back to the time of the Apostle Paul.

This April, Senator John McCain announced that he will run for a sixth term in the Senate. He was first elected to the House in 1982 and then to the Senate in 1986. He was sworn in to the Senate in January 1987. As of 2015, he has been on Capitol Hill a total of thirty-two years.

During that time, McCain has been the leading hawk on Capitol Hill, voting for every military intervention anywhere, regardless of who the president was at the time. He sided with President Bill Clinton in bombing Christian Serbia back to the dark ages to protect Muslim extremists, and he endorsed President Obama’s drone campaign that has killed hundreds of innocent civilians in four different nations. He even endorsed the killing of American citizens abroad with no trial, even if they are not armed, should a president consider them a threat.

Senator McCain has on numerous occasions supported the overthrow of the governments of sovereign nations, even those with democratically elected governments. McCain traveled to Kiev in 2014 and led a rally of Ukrainian nationalists in Independence Square calling for the overthrow of the democratically elected government of that nation. With the support of Senator McCain, President Obama, and CIA funding, the democratically elected government in Ukraine did fall, causing the intervention of Russia to protect its own naval assets in the Crimea. McCain’s influence as a powerful Senator sitting in the corner of President Obama has brought Russia and the United States back into a Cold War relationship. Had he been elected, we may well have found ourselves in a hot, rather than cold, war with Russia.

Last year, I attended a GOP fundraising event near Capitol Hill that included two congressmen. The subject of Senator McCain came up, and someone present said: “We can fix the damage done by Obama; just thank God that John McCain was not elected president because we can’t fix what is left after a nuclear war.” Virtually everyone in the room said “Amen” simultaneously.

Sadly, Senator McCain does not realize how much practically everyone on Capitol Hill, except Senator Lindsey Graham, dislikes him. Because of his long captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, and the torture he endured there, he is treated with respect even by those who can’t stand to be in the same room with him. McCain takes this to mean that everyone agrees with him, even with his angry rants which echo down the halls of Congress on a regular basis.

I am no psychologist, but I have a sense that the torture and isolation McCain endured while a prisoner of war in North Vietnam has much to do with his violent tendencies and eagerness to take military action just about everywhere in the world, for what he believes is even the slightest affront to our nation.

We live in a competitive capitalist world. Attempting to isolate and economically punish competitors we disagree with politically only hurts us. Dozens of American companies have been devastated financially by the “sanctions” on Russia, which only temporarily affected that nation because it is the seventh largest economy in the world. Every nation in Central and South America, as well as Africa and Asia, ignored the American and European “sanctions.” The Russian ruble took a dive last year, but has risen 35% so far this year. What exactly was gained for Americans? The CIA plan so loved by John McCain to take over Russia’s only warm water port failed, and now nuclear-equipped bombers are stationed in the Crimea instead of antiquated naval vessels. Meanwhile, the economy of the Ukraine has been destroyed.

The 1960’s are over. It was easy for the CIA to overthrow leftist governments in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile back then; but that strategy just hasn’t worked well recently in Egypt, Yemen, Syria, or Libya. The world is more complex, and men such as McCain who can only think in terms of black and white are not an asset.

Just as the 1960’s are over, it is time for John McCain’s political career to be over. There is just no place in the Senate for a Republican, bellicose, ‘war is always the answer’, yelping lapdog for the Saudi royals and Barack Obama. John McCain needs to be sitting in front of a TV in a room with pastel walls in Arizona, not on Fox News promoting world disorder.

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House Won’t Allow ‘Dreamers’ To Enlist In Military

The House rejected a provision Thursday that would have allowed illegal immigrant “Dreamers” to enlist in the military.

The lower chamber voted 221 to 202 to not add the Dreamer language in a comprehensive defense spending bill. All of the ‘no’ votes came from the GOP, though 20 Republicans crossed the aisle to vote for the measure, The Washington Times reported.

“It makes no sense to me that, at the same time the Army is downsizing and issuing pink slips to American soldiers serving in Afghanistan, there are Congressmen who seek to help illegal aliens deprive American citizens and lawful immigrants of military service opportunities,” Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said in a statement after the vote. Brooks led the charge against against the language:

I’m pleased the House chose to stand up for American citizens and protect the Constitutional duty of Congress to set immigration law.

Today’s vote was the fourth rejection of the President’s unconstitutional DACA program, with Republicans overwhelmingly standing up for the will of the American people and the citizens and lawful immigrants who want to serve our country.

The language was presented by Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., a former Marine who served in Iraq. While he acknowledged the measure had little chance of clearing the Republican-controlled House, he attacked his opponents in a press release Thursday:

DREAMers are talented and patriotic; they are Americans in every way except on paper, and our country would benefit from having them as part of our Armed Forces.

The strength of our military isn’t just measured by the size of our arsenal or by the sophistication of our weapons but by the quality of our people. I would have been proud to serve beside these young men and women.

“This is yet another example of an anti-immigrant attitude on the part of House Republicans,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi,” D-Calif. The $612 billion defense bill was approved 269 to 151 Friday. The Hill breaks down the details of the bill:

The bill keeps ceilings on defense spending in place under the 2011 budget deal that introduced sequestration spending limits, but would increase funding to the Pentagon’s war fund.

The legislation authorizes roughly $523 billion in base Defense Department spending. Another $90 billion is included in the war fund, formally known as the Overseas Contingency Operations fund.

It includes $38 billion more for the war fund than had been requested by the White House. The extra spending is not offset by spending cuts or tax hikes.

The White House also opposes language in the bill meant to prevent the closing of Guantanamo Bay.

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Even The House Dems Want To Give Pelosi The Boot

Dem Reps Lynch, Capuano

Massachusetts Democratic Representatives Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch joined WGBH’s Greater Boston to discuss what they think must happen if the Democrats want to regain control of the House. They both agreed that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi must go.

Capuano told the host that under Pelosi, the Dems are losing seats–and added that something may have to change moving forward.

“I think we need leadership that understands that if something that you’re doing is not working, change what you’re doing,” he said, noting that she could also be replaced.

Lynch piggybacked off of Capuano, adding definitively that she wouldn’t be the person to bring Democrats back into the majority.

After Democrats lost seats and control in the Senate last November, the nation’s eyes are set on 2016.

h/t: National Review

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