the senate has amendments to the bill due up next week. so we will see what happens then there are changes in the house that will be made as well I am sure.
any deal that does not have some benefit to us is a bad deal in my opinion. we warned of NAFTA and weren't listened to either and look where that got us.
I further think that a lot of opponents of TPP don't appreciate that laws are mostly reactionary, and aren't instruments that are supposed to lead changes. Usually we have a problem, and then pass regulations to fix it. You don't pass regulation, and then discover it fixed our problems. We have to establish a framework for global commerce so we know what it'll look like before we can have the go-ahead to improve upon it ...
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Still, some of the Repubs in the house have been in agreement with the Tea Partiers. Which has been known for some time.
"Everybody knew that putting the Schumer amendment on the one bill would not be acceptable in the House and would not be acceptable to the president," Hatch said. The deal is not necessarily dead. McConnell has the authority to bring the legislation back, but it now faces an uphill battle in the Senate and an even tougher fight in the House, where a substantial bloc of Republicans and Democrats don't back the measure.
Many Republicans remain ideologically opposed to TAA, making it an obvious target should it receive a standalone vote. Other Democratic priorities were attached to a customs bill that many believed was destined to be dismembered. Two of those concessions remain controversial: One, a ban on imports of goods manufactured with child labor, is opposed by many Republicans; the other, which would require the Commerce Department to take action on currency manipulation, is opposed by Obama. Democrats also want to see the African Growth and Opportunity Act included in the TPA vote.
But many Democrats and some Republicans fear the TPP in particular will facilitate currency manipulation by foreign competitors, erode labor and environmental standards at home and abroad, and shrink domestic jobs for the middle-class. The Obama administration treats the TPP negotiating texts as classified information, making it a crime for his trade critics to detail their concerns in public.....snip~
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every one of these trade agreements has ****ed over workers here. let's say the trend continues. what are people going to do for a living? in my area, the former factory workers who were once middle class are working two lousier jobs and are still making less money. the local economic ecosystem almost collapsed. a significant portion of my town is on public assistance. is it worth it? not from where i'm sitting. we used to have a bustling down town, a golf course, and various other nice things that are now gone. but we've got two walmarts twenty five minutes away, so i guess that makes it worthwhile somehow.
i don't know, man. this just feels like Lucy holding the ****ing football every single time they announce one of these agreements.