[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]President Obama has long complained that Congress cannot agree on anything. It seems that they finally agreed on something: they, by and large, hate the Obamatrade deal that the president tried to ram through Congress.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]However, here is the Shyamalanian twist ending: the deal was killed by alliances between conservatives and Democrats.
On Friday, the House defeated the bill 302-126. The trade deal would have allowed President Obama a “fast-track” to negotiate trade deals with other nations.
The bill was more than merely a “fast-track;” it was a sweeping bill that greatly diminished the sovereignty of the legislative branch and strengthened the power of the already-too-powerful Obama Administration.
No-nonsense Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest and California Rep. Duncan Hunter warned:
“By adopting fast-track, Congress would be formally authorizing the President to finalize the creation of this Pacific Union and will have surrendered its legislative prerogatives. Before a word, line, paragraph, or page of this plan is made public, Congress will have agreed to give up its treaty powers. … In effect, one of the most sweeping international agreements seen in years will be given less legislative scrutiny and process than a Post Office reform bill.”
The terrible deal had all the markings of a swindle as officials remained extraordinarily cagey about details and even moderate Republican Paul Ryan urged Americans to hold off on judgement of what the deal would entail until after it was passed- a throwback to liberal Democrat Nancy Pelosi’s famous assurance that legislators would learn what’s in Obamacare once it was passed.
“The secretive wheeling and dealing on the massive 29-chapter draft (kept under classified lock-and-key and only a tiny portion of which have been publicly disclosed through WikiLeaks) make the backroom Obamacare negotiations look like a gigantic solar flare of openness and public deliberation. Fast-track Republicans, who rightfully made a stink when Nancy Pelosi declared that ‘we have to pass the [Obamacare] bill so that you can find out what is in it,’ now have no transparency legs to stand on.
The Obama administration, House GOP leader John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have sold out our immigration priorities. Both parties have put cheap labor from illegal immigrants before American workers. Both parties support massive increases in foreign temporary worker programs that favor cheap tech workers from India and China over highly educated, highly skilled American workers who are forced to train their replacements. Both parties back fraud-plagued green card giveaway programs for wealthy immigrant investors that amount to a crony ‘economic development’ racket. More Obamatrade documents disclosed by WikiLeaks indicate that negotiators have discussed unilateral changes to U.S. worker protections in visa law, processing times and temporary visa expiration dates.”
Still, the Obama Administration is trying to revive the effort and downplaying the massive rejection of their top agenda item. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the House’s vote a “procedural snafu” and claimed, “These kinds of entanglements are endemic to the House of Representatives.”
Is that what it’s called when both parties unite to shut-down an agenda item that sells American workers down the river?
President Obama wanted Congress to work together. He got it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]