Trade Promotion Authority


Ian Hanchett, Breitbart

Kentucky Senator and GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) argued that TPA is giving the president power on trade bills, some of which he says seem like “more of an outline of the bill” on Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Kuhner Report” on Boston’s WRKO. Rand, before the vote took place, stated, “I’ve been consistently against TPA and have voted against it from the beginning. I think that giving more authority to the president is precisely what we don’t need to be doing."

GOP moves Obama's trade agenda past key Senate hurdle

Ted Barrett and Athena Jones, CNN

The President's trade agenda scored a major victory Tuesday when the GOP-controlled Senate voted to advance a bill to allow "fast-track" approval of large international trade bills.

Establishment GOP Betrays Country Class Again; Primaries Are The Cure

From the Republican leadership’s devious ploy to fund Obama’s executive amnesty through the “CRomnibus,” to their refusal to defund Obamacare or executive amnesty, to their treasonous adoption of the legislation to give Obama a free hand to abandon U.S. opposition to Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and now their phony “free trade” argument in favor of a bill almost none of them read, the Capitol Hill Republican establishment has betrayed the principles – and the voters – that handed them back the majority in 2014.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal faces big Senate vote today

The Week

The Senate is holding a crucial procedural vote on granting President Obama fast-track trade authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact with 11 other Pacific Rim nations. If 60 Senators vote in favor of the bill, it will almost certainly pass in the Senate on Wednesday, sending it to Obama's desk.

House GOP Leaders To Sneak Obamatrade Tax Increase Into Intel Bill Rule

In an indication of just how desperate the Republican establishment and their Big Business paymasters are to revive the package of fast track Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bills that went down last week, the House Rules Committee has slipped the rule for reconsideration of the failed TAA bill into the rule for H.R. 2596, the Fiscal Year 2016 Intelligence Authorization bill. UPDATE: The Rule passed 236-189 after Republicans who opposed it were kicked-off the leadership whip team and those who were leaning "NO" were threatened with loss of committee assignments.

FLASH: TPA Goes Down -- For Now -- As Trade Bill Fails In The House

President Obama and his estblishment Republican allies suffered a major defeat to his secret Pacific Rim trade initiative Friday as House Democrats and populist conservatives joined forces to derail a key presidential priority and blocked the House from advancing — for now — the administration’s trade agenda. Republican leaders, who had backed the president’s trade initiative, pleaded with their conservative colleagues to support the deal to no avail. However, the victory is only temporary as leaders vowed to bring Trade Promotion Authority and its companion Trade Adjustment Assistance welfare bill back on Tuesday.

Paul Ryan: Now the Ugly Face of the GOP Establishment

Those conservatives who saw Paul Ryan and his fellow “young guns” as the vanguard of a new conservative House might profit from recalling the ending of George Orwell’s Animal Farm; “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” In his arrogant dismissal of conservative populist concerns about Obama’s secret trade deal, and especially in his angry advocacy of establishment Republican corporatism that would continue the destruction of the aspirations of America’s working families, the transformation of Paul Ryan seems complete. 

Conservative Mike Flynn Earns Rep. Steve King Endorsement – Opposes TPA and TPP

“This is a rare chance for Illinoisans to elect a full spectrum Constitutional conservative to the House who will stand strong on principle,” said Rep. Steve King. “Mike will challenge anyone, including party leadership, if they are wrong on the issues. I hope Illinois voters of the 18th District will send a clear message to Washington by nominating Mike Flynn."

TPP Is Making for Strange Political Bedfellows

Sahil Kapur and Ben Brody, Bloomberg

The Senate approved TPA by a vote of 62-37 on May 22. The House may vote as early as Friday, and it's unclear if the votes are there, given broad Democratic opposition and some conservative skepticism about giving Obama authority to fast-track the trade pact. The issue has long united populist factions on the left and right in opposition, and that same dynamic appears to be playing out in the White House race, with candidates in both parties on both sides of the issue. Here's where the 2016 presidential hopefuls stand.

Conservative holdouts won’t budge on trade vote

Kelsey Snell, The Washington Post

A group of House conservatives just can’t get to yes on a trade bill set for a floor vote in the coming days. Some want potential bill-killing promises from leadership in exchange for their vote. Others don’t trust giving President Barack Obama more power to negotiate big trade deals. Some don’t like how Speaker Boehner has handled the negotiations from the start. Then there are those who just think trade pacts are often a raw deal.

TPA/TPP? Definitely No

Seton Motley, Human Events

Is the TPP actually free trade? Well, we don’t know – it’s shrouded in lock-down, totalitarian secrecy. Why isn’t every single member of Congress demanding these restrictions be lifted – and TPP be made fully public? 

TPP: Dealing away American sovereignty

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

Recently passed in the GOP-controlled Senate, the Trans-Pacific Partnership has less to do with trade than it does with ushering in a globalist agenda that usurps American sovereignty. Dick Morris notes: “The TPP is nothing but an effort by the globalists to circumvent American sovereignty, transferring a host of issues from the control of the U.S. Congress and the various state legislatures to international trade courts..."

TPA: Republican and Democrat Elite Ravage America’s Working Families

The Trans Pacific Partnership is only being kept secret from American workers and their families -- those who are going to be hurt by and who are the adversaries of its elitist provisions: open borders immigration policies that will continue to destroy their job prospects and climate change regulations that will devastate the American economy and raise consumer energy prices.

Paul Ryan: House will approve Obama's trade effort

Eric Bradner, CNN

Rep. Paul Ryan said Sunday the House has the votes to approve President Barack Obama's free trade initiative.The House Ways and Means Committee chairman is sponsoring a bill that would hand Obama "trade promotion authority" -- which would allow him to negotiate the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership and submit it to Congress for an up-or-down vote with no amendments. In an unusual alignment, Republicans are aligning with Obama on the issue, while members of his own party -- as well as some tea partiers -- oppose him.

CHQ and Rand Paul Come Out Swinging Against TPA and TPP

Rand Paul is right. TPA and TPP may have many positive economic benefits to America’s 21st Century economy – but how can anyone know or make an informed decision in the atmosphere of secrecy and deception fostered by Barack Obama and his establishment Republican facilitators on Capitol Hill? We urge CHQ readers to call their Senators and Representative (the Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044) to demand they vote “NO” on TPA and “NO” on the Trans Pacific Partnership unless and until their provisions are made public and disinterested studies of the economic benefits to American workers and quality of life are conducted.

Cruz Battles TPA's Sneaky Immigration Changes

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has filed an amendment to the Trade Act of 2015 to lock in assurances that this legislation cannot be used to change federal immigration law. The amendment states that nothing in the Trade Act of 2015 or in any trade agreement subject to the Act “shall alter or affect any law, regulation, or policy relating to immigration.”

Senator Jeff Sessions – Leader of the Rising “Populist Conservatives”

The Wall Street Journal attacked conservatives opposing the Trade Promotion Authority or "fast track" bill as “No-Growth Republicans,” but the clear winner in the battle so far has been Senator Jeff Sessions, who has deftly managed to build a coalition of conservatives and Democrats around the sensible idea that if the government is going to manage trade it should be managed in a way that benefits American workers, which it clearly hasn’t been for the past two decades in Sessions’ analysis.

Sen. Jeff Sessions: Top Five Concerns With Trade Promotion Authority

Alabama's principled limited government constitutional conservative Senator Jeff Sessions has come out against granting Obama "fast track" trade authority and has released a list of five top concerns about the pending Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill now before Congress. Sessions' view is these five concerns about TPA must be fully understood and addressed before passage of any trade promotion authority bill. 

Boehner tells Clinton don’t let Obama 'swing in the wind' over Asia-Pacific trade deal

House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner, needs to support the trade legislation that President Obama wants to help get enough Democratic votes for passage. The Ohio Republican, in a wide-ranging interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said the GOP indeed controls the House and Senate but that he and Obama “needs her help” to give the president negotiating authority to complete an Asia-Pacific trade deal.

TPA Opposition Comes To New Hampshire GOP Primary

Paul Blumenthal, Huffington Post

Americans for Limited Government, a conservative group founded by wealthy activist Howard Rich, will begin radio ads in New Hampshire on Thursday, calling on Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to oppose the fast-track legislation moving through Congress. All three senators are running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.