[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Barack Obama has been pushing for “fast track” trade authority which would give him expanded power and the ability to negotiate trade pacts. In Obama’s plan, Congress could either reject or ratify a trade agreement brokered by Obama. They would not have the authority to amend it. While Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell stood with Obama and fought on his behalf for the expanded authority, Senate Democrats stood in opposition to Obama’s plan. Democrats stood firm in opposition to the leader of their party and voted against a key component of his “fast track” authority trade agenda.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]The measure needed 60 votes to advance, but fell short by eight. The agenda was shot down by a vote of 52 to 45. McConnell lamented this defeat by saying, “What we have seen here is pretty shocking.” He accused Democrats of standing with special interests seeing no problem with giving Obama, who has overreached his presidential authority on numerous occasions, additional power.
As Fox News reports, this quest for expanded presidential trade authority by Obama has been a source of divisiveness for the Democrat Party.
More than any issue in recent years, Obama’s push for expanded powers to advance trade deals has divided Democrats, with many top-ranking lawmakers openly opposing the White House.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has given reporters a firm “hell no” on the proposal. And Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for days have traded jabs on the matter, with the president calling Warren’s claims “absolutely wrong.”
It is common knowledge that labor unions are a big ally of the Democrat Party. The impact of this “fast track” trade authority on U.S. jobs was cited as a problem for Democrats who opposed it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]