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    Trade bill clears Senate hurdle

    I can't say I actually expected the trade bill to be stopped.

    Trade bill clears Senate hurdle - CNNPolitics.com

    A free trade initiative that is pitting President Barack Obama against his own party cleared a major procedural hurdle in the Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday. The 62-38 vote to end debate on the bill, moving it toward a final vote, was a victory for Obama, who had linked with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, to push the bill despite opposition from Senate Democratic leaders. McConnell said he's willing to consider a host of amendments that Democrats are poised to offer later Thursday. "This last vote was a major step forward on this important legislation," said Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican who sponsored the bill.

    The Senate is now set to vote on changes to the bill, including one that would force the Obama administration to use trade deals to crack down on countries that manipulate the value of their currencies to give their exports a price advantage in the United States an amendment the White House opposes because it would add a huge new complication into trade negotiations. Even though Senate passage is ultimately now much more likely, the House could be tougher. There, tea party conservatives are linking up with liberals to form a broader populist opposition than what existed in the Senate. The measure would hand the President six years' worth of "trade promotion authority" the power to submit trade deals to Congress for an up-or-down vote with limited debate and no amendments.

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    Re: Trade bill clears Senate hurdle



    Speaker John Boehner said in his weekly news conference that Cantwell asked him to guarantee a vote on it, and he said he “would not make that commitment.”

    With the cloture vote now behind them, senators must reach an agreement over amendments, with a vote on the final passage of the TPA legislation expected sometime Friday. Its fate in the House, however, which is likely to consider trade sometime next month, is much less certain.....snip~

    Obama, McConnell Get Key Win on Trade | RealClearPolitics

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    Re: Trade bill clears Senate hurdle

    Well ****. Figured that this was going to move forward, but I always had hope. Most likely will fly through the house pretty quickly.

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post

    Speaker John Boehner said in his weekly news conference that Cantwell asked him to guarantee a vote on it, and he said he “would not make that commitment.”
    As much as I would love to see John Boehner kill this legislation, thats over a promise to possibly have a vote on an export-import bank.


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    Re: Trade bill clears Senate hurdle

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Well ****. Figured that this was going to move forward, but I always had hope. Most likely will fly through the house pretty quickly.


    As much as I would love to see John Boehner kill this legislation, thats over a promise to possibly have a vote on an export-import bank.

    What more did he need to say.....they aren't looking at anything over trade until next month.

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    Re: Trade bill clears Senate hurdle

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    What more did he need to say.....they aren't looking at anything over trade until next month.
    Yea.... And... So....


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    Trade bill clears Senate hurdle
    of course it did. if it ****s workers over in favor of cheap labor, it will always pass. did anyone really think that it wasn't set in stone from the moment it was proposed?

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    Re: Trade bill clears Senate hurdle

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    of course it did. if it ****s workers over in favor of cheap labor, it will always pass. did anyone really think that it wasn't set in stone from the moment it was proposed?
    I totally agree.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Trade bill clears Senate hurdle

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    of course it did. if it ****s workers over in favor of cheap labor, it will always pass. did anyone really think that it wasn't set in stone from the moment it was proposed?
    I wonder why liberal Obama hates workers? Thats what you get for voting for him.

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    Re: Trade bill clears Senate hurdle

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    I wonder why liberal Obama hates workers? Thats what you get for voting for him.
    that's what you get for voting for any president.

    THE BUSH RECORD - FACT SHEET: President Bush Expanded And Enforced Trade Agreements To Open New Markets For American Products

    hint : purchased trade agreements are delivered regardless of the R or D next to the president's name.

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    Re: Trade bill clears Senate hurdle

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    that's what you get for voting for any president.

    THE BUSH RECORD - FACT SHEET: President Bush Expanded And Enforced Trade Agreements To Open New Markets For American Products

    hint : purchased trade agreements are delivered regardless of the R or D next to the president's name.
    Im for getting us closer to a free market, not defending the special interests of unions.

    Im not entirely sure why Obama wanted this (as many dems did not) but to quote george carlin-sometimes the sun shines on even a dogs ass.

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