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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

FoxNews.com

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.

Emotions over Obama’s trade agenda roil Senate, delay action

The Associated Press

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, predicting a “strong bipartisan vote” for “fast track” legislation. But liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a fierce opponent of the trade legislation, invoked a Senate scheduling rule to delay the committee’s actions. “This job-killing trade deal has been negotiated in secret,” said Sanders, who made a lengthy Senate speech denouncing the legislation. “It was drafted with input by special interests and corporate lobbyists, but not from the elected representatives of the American people.”

Where Should Conservatives Stand On Trade Promotion Authority?

Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz have made a powerful argument that trade deals are good for the economy, good for job creation and good for American international competitiveness and that when we have a trade agreement with a country we tend to have a trade surplus, when we don’t have one we tend to have a trade deficit. So why the discomfort on the Right with giving President Obama the same kind of Trade Promotion Authority Congress gave President George W. Bush?

Trade rumble: Democrats stuck between Warren, Obama

Adam Behsudi and Doug Palmer, Politico

President Barack Obama on Tuesday took aim at his prime antagonist on free trade: “Elizabeth Warren is wrong on trade,” he told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on “Hardball.” Obama’s tough comments capture the challenge in selling the Democratic Party on free trade, where strong attacks by Warren, labor leaders and other trade skeptics have put pro-trade Democrats on the defensive.