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    Re: Obama’s Fast-Track Trade Bill Passes House in Second Attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by sawdust View Post
    Once again congress voted for something without having congress critters familiar with the details of the bill. I don't for a second believe that Bloomberg knows the details and the details of the bill were not made public prior to the vote. This is a matter of the leadership not being responsible to the people. Republicans, Democrats, make no difference. It's disappointing if you believed their might be a difference.
    So, it's not the bill itself you have a problem with. It's the process whereby this particular fast-track authority was given.
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    Re: Obama’s Fast-Track Trade Bill Passes House in Second Attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    So, it's not the bill itself you have a problem with. It's the process whereby this particular fast-track authority was given.
    I dislike the process and I don't know what's in the bill. There is no reason for me to support it.
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    Re: Obama’s Fast-Track Trade Bill Passes House in Second Attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by sawdust View Post
    I dislike the process and I don't know what's in the bill. There is no reason for me to support it.
    Then perhaps you should read it. Here's a link to the Trade Promotion Authority bill (H.R. 1314). I couldn't find a link to the Trans-Pacific Partnership bill, but here's a white paper that attempts to summarize all the fine points of the legislation.
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    Re: Obama’s Fast-Track Trade Bill Passes House in Second Attempt

    Senate update...

    From Bloomberg.com:

    The U.S. Senate advanced legislation that would give President Barack Obama enhanced authority to complete free-trade deals including a landmark agreement with Pacific nations.

    The 60-37 vote Tuesday paves the way for final passage later this week. Because the U.S. House has already passed the bill, H.R. 2146, it would go to Obama for his signature if the Senate agrees. The trade legislation is one of the president’s top second-term goals.


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