Friday, June 12, 2015

Obama and 'the honorable' John Boehner handed stunning defeat

Obama's own party say,
'Not this time, Barry'

From The Washington Post: 

     President Obama suffered a major defeat to his Pacific Rim free trade initiative Friday as House Democrats helped derail a key presidential priority despite his last-minute, personal plea on Capitol Hill.

     The House voted 302 to 126 to sink a measure to grant financial aid to displaced workers, fracturing hopes at the White House that Congress would grant Obama fast-track trade authority to complete an accord with 11 other Pacific Rim nations.

     “I will be voting to slow down fast-track,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on the floor moments before the vote, after keeping her intentions private for months. “Today we have an opportunity to slow down. Whatever the deal is with other countries, we want a better deal for American workers.”

      The dramatic defeat could sink the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping free trade and regulatory pact that Obama has called central to his economic agenda at home and his foreign policy strategy in Asia. Full details at this link:

     Earlier reports indicated that "Obama had been promising Democrats that he would campaign for them in 2016 if they face opposition over their trade vote." 

     Incumbents normally would leap at prospects of a sitting President campaigning on their behalf, but considering who their party has waiting in the wings, 

insiders quite possibly could be speculating that in 2016, they will  stand a better chance of being reelected if they pass on any insignificant endorsements.

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