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.
— Jerry Gahan (@jerryg125) June 12, 2015
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:
— Jerry Landers (@jaljr) June 12, 2015
— LastMinuteMan (@shot1775) June 12, 2015
— Palmer (@SuePalmers) June 12, 2015
h/t: The Hill
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