Paul Ryan was someone who I had enormous respect for. Unfortunately I read today that he's said that we can read the bill after it's passed. Sound familiar? When did he turn into Nancy Pilosi?
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury." Attributed to Alexander Tytler
For those looking for the fast-track trade legislation:
The current version: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-1...4hr1314eas.pdf
The bill status: Bill Summary & Status - 114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - H.R.1314 - THOMAS (Library of Congress)
The rule (H.Res. 305) that will guide the debate: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-1...4hres305rh.pdf
Contrary to misleading statements on some radio shows, the fast-track legislation is not "secret." It is available and one can read it in the first link.
What is not yet available is the TPP text. That's not because of some nefarious desire to hide things, but because there is no agreement right now. Once there is agreement, that text should be made available and, almost certainly will be published in the lead-up to the Congressional debate on that agreement. There remains some possibility that agreement won't be reached.
TPP has already cleared it's greatest hurdle, the filibuster in the Senate--the next vote will require only 51 votes.
If the GOP were President, the so-called "Freedom Caucus", led by Rep. Jim Jordan from Ohio with 50-70 members depending on the issue,
would already be on board and this vote tomorrow would be a formality .
Chemists Have Solutions .
Do you believe there should be this vote before an agreement is reached.
I found it interesting that Eric Cantor has entered this fray on behalf of his Wall Street Bank employer.
Eric Cantor: Democrats in 'civil war' - Adam B. Lerner - POLITICO
Btw, I put up a thread several months ago endorsing a DEM 'civil' war--it didn't seem to hurt the GOPs in 2010 and 2014 .
Chemists Have Solutions .
I like how the pro TPP politicians say that it won't take jobs from the US but right there in the middle of it there is the Trade Adjustment Assistance program to retrain workers who lose their jobs due to the TPP.
I especially am interested in how they can justify having a corporate tribunal solve all disputes rather than a court that is bound by the constitution. As with all these free trade pacts... sovereignty is what dies first.
Nancy Pelosi said: “We have to pass it, to find out what’s in it.” A Doctor called to a radio show & said: "That's the definition of a stool sample"
"Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket," Barack Obama January 2008