By Elaine Magliaro
The Senate voted today to advance President Obama’s trade agenda “by ending debate on a bill that would grant him the power to fast-track massive new pacts through Congress.” Michael McAuliff (Huffington Post) reported that some of the senators objected to the process, “complaining that they were unable to get votes on amendments they deemed essential to making sure that looming, still-secret deals with 12 Pacific Rim nations and Europe live up to promises of helping U.S. workers.”
Sixty-two senators, however, disagreed and “voted to halt debate anyway, setting up passage of the fast-track bill by the end of the week.” I should make note of the thirteen Democrats who are helping to rush “fast track” through the Senate—the “world’s greatest deliberative body.”
These are the 13 “Democratic” Senators who voted to rush the TPA bill: Michael Bennet (Colo.), Tom Carper (Del.), Chris Coons (Del.), Maria Cantwell (Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Tim Kaine (Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Patty Murray (Wash.), Bill Nelson (Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Mark Warner (Va.), and Ron Wyden (Ore.).
SOURCES & FURTHER READING
Senate Advances Fast-Track For Obama Trade Deals (Huffington Post)
These 13 Democrats Are Helping Rush Fast Track Through The Senate (Campaign for America’s Future)