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Excerpt: "President Obama's trade agenda unraveled Friday in a stunning setback delivered by his own party as the House rejected an important part of a package aimed at fast-tracking a controversial trade pact he is pursing with 11 other Pacific Rim nations."

Obama walks with Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who voted against giving the President 'Fast Track' authority on TPP. (photo: Monica Almeida/The New York Times)
Obama walks with Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who voted against giving the President 'Fast Track' authority on TPP. (photo: Monica Almeida/The New York Times)


House Rejects TPP Fast-Track for Obama

By Lisa Mascaro and Don Lee, Los Angeles Times

12 June 15

 

resident Obama’s trade agenda unraveled Friday in a stunning setback delivered by his own party as the House rejected an important part of a package aimed at fast-tracking a controversial trade pact he is pursing with 11 other Pacific Rim nations.

Hoping to salvage a key piece of his legacy, Obama dashed to Capitol Hill for a rare early-morning meeting with Democrats. But even his high-profile personal intervention failed to generate the Democratic votes he needed to supplement support he received in an unusual alliance with pro-trade Republicans.

The House voted Friday on two measures, both of which had to pass in order to send the legislation -- which was already approved by the Senate -- to the president.

A bill to give the president fast-track authority to negotiate future trade deals was approved by a 219-211 vote.

But another measure regarding funds to retrain workers failed, 126 to 302.

Because the Senate had approved both measures, the failure of the retraining program prevented the package from advancing.

Obama personally pressed Democrats to support the measure in a meeting Friday morning on Capitol Hill and an unscheduled appearance Thursday night at the annual congressional ballgame at the Nationals ballpark.

“Play it straight,” Obama told the House Democrats on Friday, urging them in a 20-minute private talk not to employ a tactical move to defeat the package.

But his message may have only further divided the party and pushed liberal Democrats to dig in to stop the entire trade deal.

“Basically, the president tried to both guilt people and impugn their integrity,” said Rep. Pete DeFazio (D-Ore.). “There were a number of us who were insulted by the approach.”

“The shift from the White House and the president was not fast enough,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), who supports the bills. “I wish there would have been much better outreach.”

The measure would give the Obama administration the ability to wrap up negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free-trade deal years in the making, and present a final agreement to Congress for expedited consideration and an up-or-down vote with no amendments.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would be one of the world's largest and most ambitious trade efforts ever, aimed at removing barriers and establishing rules on investment and commerce affecting 40% of the global economy. The proposed pact contains multiple sections that include provisions on labor, intellectual property, cross-border data flows and state-owned enterprises.

Obama’s trade agenda places him in an unusual alliance with congressional Republicans, who are traditionally pro-free trade. But some GOP conservatives also opposed the fast-track measure because they were loathe to boost the president’s authority or help him win a legislative trophy.

“I understand a lot of our members don’t trust the president. Neither do I. That’s precisely why I support this bill,” said Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a chief negotiator, said Friday in the House. “TPA puts Congress in the driver’s seat.”

Democratic lawmakers, meanwhile, faced the uncomfortable choice of voting against their president or for a bill that at most has tepid support from ordinary constituents and is fiercely opposed by various consumer groups and organized labor. Union leaders, fearing a trade deal will send more American jobs overseas, have threatened to cut off election campaign help for lawmakers who support the measure.

In the end, congressional Republicans and the White House failed to overcome an unexpected, last-minute obstacle involving worker retraining funds.

Fast-track authority passed 62-37 in the Senate last month after GOP leaders won over some Democrats by coupling it with a measure to extend funding for retraining American workers hurt by foreign competition, a program known as Trade Adjustment Assistance.

But in the House, Democrats balked at a plan to pay for worker training with what they viewed as cuts from Medicare.

After negotiations this week between Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), House GOP leaders responded by splitting the measure into two bills, one for fast-track and another for the retraining funds. They also agreed to find an alternative funding source for the retraining program.

Republicans largely oppose spending money on the worker retraining program, viewing it as wasteful, putting pressure on Democrats to pass that portion of the package.

White House officials told Democrats privately that the Trade Adjustment Assistance package was the best offer they would get.

“The Republican Congress will not give us another chance to reauthorize TAA if we don’t do it,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told them earlier this week, according to a Democratic source in a private caucus meeting.

House Democrats, unconvinced the new retraining funds would be agreed to by the Senate, seized on the tactical opening to defeat the entire package by rallying votes against the training program.

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+62 # A_Har 2015-06-12 13:18
Well, I hope this holds, but I am never an optimist as the corporations will keep ramming away at it until they get it.

I got this in email today from Food Democracy NOW....it looks like Monsatan has a big role in the writing of this garbage.

Tell Congress to Say NO to Monsanto and the TPP!
http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/FINAL_VOTE_2_stop_tpp_fast_track_Monsantos_secret_trade_deal_now/?t=4&akid=1571.1044253.dvYqgv

"Right now the White House is working behind closed doors with 600 corporate lobbyists in Congress, furiously trying to close the deal on the TPP – a massive trade deal so secret that most members of Congress have never even been allowed to read the details of the agreement. If allowed to pass, the TPP could outlaw GMO labeling and even county bans on GMOs and Monsanto’s toxic cancer-causing products.

While no version of the Fast Track of the trade agreement has been released to the public, language in the recently passed Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, which authorizes the Fast Track declares that GMO labeling is an “unjustified trade restriction”. This is an outrage!

Even worse, corporate lobbyists that used to work for Monsanto, DuPont and Big Tobacco are currently writing the language for the secret trade deal on behalf of the Obama administration! "
 
 
+40 # vicnada 2015-06-12 14:33
Like you, I am cynical enough to see that this might have just been the softening up campaign the corporations hoped to win but perhaps expected to lose. They now know what and who they have to overcome and will re-run it until they get their way. Thanks to the Supreme Court they've got unlimited money on their side.
 
 
+18 # Saberoff 2015-06-12 14:40
Do not despair.
 
 
+13 # dquandle 2015-06-12 20:42
Not just the corporations but their trusted "Liberal" puppet Obama, trying to ram this appalling treason down the throats of the American people.
 
 
+97 # jon 2015-06-12 13:19
The Democrats who stood for We the People should be listed and deserve campaign contributions from the constituents they supported.

The Democrats who voted with the Republicans should be primaried.

Hillary is toast for not standing against the TPP.

Bernie Sanders for President!
 
 
+19 # WestWinds 2015-06-12 16:44
#jon:

--- I'll say one thing about TPP, it is certainly showing us in no uncertain terms where Obama and Hillary stand on critical issues facing We the People.
 
 
-15 # dquandle 2015-06-12 21:03
Sanders said if he didn't win, he is not going to play the "spoiler" i.e he'll throw his support behind Hillary. The DNC is now putting out pro-Sanders emails:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/06/10/why-is-the-dnc-sending-out-pro-bernie-sanders-emails/

Sanders is just there to corral all the leftists who don't want to vote for Hillary, into voting foe Hillary. The campaign is an immensely cynical ploy by Hillary and the DNC, with Sanders happy to play along.
 
 
+6 # Saberoff 2015-06-13 00:16
What the fuck are you talking about?
 
 
+1 # bingers 2015-06-13 11:58
Quoting dquandle:
Sanders said if he didn't win, he is not going to play the "spoiler" i.e he'll throw his support behind Hillary. The DNC is now putting out pro-Sanders emails:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/06/10/why-is-the-dnc-sending-out-pro-bernie-sanders-emails/

Sanders is just there to corral all the leftists who don't want to vote for Hillary, into voting foe Hillary. The campaign is an immensely cynical ploy by Hillary and the DNC, with Sanders happy to play along.


Bull! Sanders is no puppet and just remembers what Nader did to get Bush elected, even though he wasn't. He may not agree with Hillary on many issues, but he's pragmatic enough to realize that she's better than anyone in the entire Republican party especially any of the clowns who are actually running. As they say, don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
 
 
0 # A_Har 2015-06-13 12:48
Quoting bingers:
He may not agree with Hillary on many issues, but he's pragmatic enough to realize that she's better than anyone in the entire Republican party especially any of the clowns who are actually running. As they say, don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

This is YOUR point of view....we don't know for sure what Sanders thinks. He may just be considering his political survival if he has to try and work with her?

Hitlary will say anything to get elected and then she will do what her corporate masters tell her to do. After all, this is what the past two presidents HAVE DONE. Bush initially ran as a small government conservative who would never do nation building....and then Obummer (the HUGE disappointment) ran as as the "CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN" guy. So....let's get real here: how did all that shake out? as you post on a thread that highlights BO's betrayal of all that!

We ain't talking about perfection, we are talking about what is likely to be a DISASTER for ordinary people.
 
 
0 # jon 2015-06-13 15:43
" we are talking about what is likely to be a DISASTER for ordinary people."

and that would be a Republican in the White House.
 
 
+1 # A_Har 2015-06-13 18:51
Quoting jon:
" we are talking about what is likely to be a DISASTER for ordinary people."

and that would be a Republican in the White House.

Like the "hope and change" one we have in there now who is championing the TPP? How did that work out for you??
 
 
+68 # gdsharpe 2015-06-12 13:23
Good riddance to a poor bill that encouraged an opaque trade agreement from a President who promised "transparency".
 
 
+10 # lfeuille 2015-06-12 21:16
Quoting gdsharpe:
Good riddance to a poor bill that encouraged an opaque trade agreement from a President who promised "transparency".


I read that the republicans are calling for another vote next week. Will someone please drive a stake through the heart of this monster.
 
 
0 # dquandle 2015-06-12 21:31
I read that Obama is pushing for it again next week.
 
 
-1 # A_Har 2015-06-13 12:58
Quoting dquandle:
I read that Obama is pushing for it again next week.

No surprise on that one.
 
 
+5 # dquandle 2015-06-12 21:30
Obama lied, like he's done minute by minute, since before assuming the presidency, and will continue to do long after he leaves.
 
 
+30 # rradiof 2015-06-12 13:30
To the barricades, mes freres. Sharpen the guillotine. Over and out.
 
 
+50 # SanchoTrout 2015-06-12 13:31
OK--i'm really confused here. Reeps and Obama want TPP, but Reeps weren't willing to pay the tiny cost of worker retraining to get 100% of what they wanted. They made the Dems, who didn't want the bill, carry the load and take the fire on worker retraining, esp if the costs of that were to come out of medicare. Is that heads i win, tails you lose? Why did the Dems even play that losing game??? some reeps think TPP is critical, but they didn't want to give obama a win? Such patriots! How honorable. i hate the TPP so i am dancing in the streets that the Reeps are so vile and mean, that they shoot themselves in the head regularly.
 
 
+1 # bingers 2015-06-13 12:01
The bizarre thing is that when Obama went to congress to try to talk them into passing this pile of pig dung he got a standing ovation from the Republicans. And Hell just froze over.
 
 
0 # A_Har 2015-06-13 12:59
Quoting bingers:
The bizarre thing is that when Obama went to congress to try to talk them into passing this pile of pig dung he got a standing ovation from the Republicans. And Hell just froze over.

You expect our politics to be SANE? Gee...give it up.

Besides, now that he is a lame duck he can come out as the republican that he IS and always was....no wonder he got such a warm reception from them.
 
 
+67 # ChrisCurrie 2015-06-12 13:59
The most important point American’s need to know in order to KILL the TPP is that if the TPP gets ratified, multinational corporations will be authorized to sue all three levels of our government for "loss of expected future profits" in corporately controlled arbitration tribunals that will bypass and effectively OVERRULE our nation's entire legislative and judicial systems. That would CLEARLY be unconstitutiona l, but they would be able to get away with it by calling it a “treaty.”
 
 
+37 # jon 2015-06-12 15:46
This whole thing is clearly unconstitutiona l, but so is the Citizens United decision.
 
 
+7 # dquandle 2015-06-12 21:06
And Obama is pushing it like there's no tomorrow. He thrives on the unconstitutiona l, in fomenting war, in executive murder, in total surveillance, in TPP.
 
 
+3 # Saberoff 2015-06-13 00:18
A constitutional scholar.
 
 
+2 # jcdav 2015-06-13 05:32
Your punctuation is off- it should read:
"A constitutional scholar?"
 
 
+5 # WestWinds 2015-06-12 16:48
#Chris Currie:

--- And THIS is the sneaky, in secret trade deal that Obama is begging the Dems to vote for? ... what a (blank)!!!

I am SO glad I never voted for this (blank)!!! I'd never let myself live it down.
 
 
+3 # dquandle 2015-06-12 21:08
He is indeed a pile of filthy excrement, following in the bloody footsteps of the previous despicable regime.
 
 
0 # A_Har 2015-06-13 13:02
Quoting dquandle:
He is indeed a pile of filthy excrement, following in the bloody footsteps of the previous despicable regime.

+1...you got the picture. Some are still trying to figure that out. Some still think the letter R or D after the person's name *means anything.*

It is ALL a sh!tpile.
 
 
+48 # harleysch 2015-06-12 14:11
All spin aside -- and there will be a lot of spin, especially from the White House and its apologists -- this is an important step forward, to the post-Obama era for Democrats.

There must be no more propitiation of Wall Street, no more alliance with neo-cons over regime change, etc. Obama's alliance with McConnell and Boehner on the TPP is just another example that his presidency has been a disaster for working people and the poor, from the beginning, when he backed the Hank Paulson/Bush bailout package.

There must also be no more lame excuse-making for him -- the problem is not that Obama faced "overwhelming" Republican obstruction, but that he never seriously took them on.

Now, Democrats can move to an anti-Wall Street, anti-oligarch agenda, in the real party tradition of FDR and JFK.
 
 
+22 # jon 2015-06-12 15:48
"Now, Democrats can move to an anti-Wall Street, anti-oligarch agenda, in the real party tradition of FDR and JFK."

And soon to be President Bernie Sanders.
 
 
0 # dquandle 2015-06-12 21:15
Who if he 'doesn't win'??? will throw his support behind "his friend" Hillary...
 
 
+1 # bingers 2015-06-13 12:04
Quoting dquandle:
Who if he 'doesn't win'??? will throw his support behind "his friend" Hillary...


You need to think about why. Then you will understand that he knows Hillary is a better choice than any Republican who would win if he stayed in as an independent. Put on your thinking cap before making ridiculous statements.
 
 
-1 # A_Har 2015-06-13 13:09
Quoting bingers:
Quoting dquandle:
Who if he 'doesn't win'??? will throw his support behind "his friend" Hillary...


You need to think about why. Then you will understand that he knows Hillary is a better choice than any Republican who would win if he stayed in as an independent. Put on your thinking cap before making ridiculous statements.

IMO yours is the ridiculous statement when you propose that we have *a choice* between elephant crap and donkey DUNG....OHH how wonderful.

I can hardly WAIT.

BTW, I saw my two PNW Washington senators vote for this TPP Obamanation---* both of them DEMS.* I curse them for it.
 
 
+3 # lfeuille 2015-06-12 21:18
Quoting jon:
"Now, Democrats can move to an anti-Wall Street, anti-oligarch agenda, in the real party tradition of FDR and JFK."

And soon to be President Bernie Sanders.


One would hope.
 
 
+2 # jcdav 2015-06-13 05:34
Hope hell, we were sold hope last two go rounds- unass, WORK for Bernie Sanders.
 
 
+4 # WestWinds 2015-06-12 16:51
#harleysch:

--- Amen!
 
 
+2 # DongiB 2015-06-12 17:24
Amen! Amen!
 
 
+4 # dquandle 2015-06-12 21:13
The "Democrats" have absolutely no intention of unhooking their suckers from the national intestine. This is Obama. This is Hillary. This is the entire repugnant party. Its time for those who actually care to leave the party and withdraw their support, entirely, from the heinous criminals who they run.
 
 
+1 # Caliban 2015-06-12 23:27
Abandon the Democrats and give the country to the GOP? Sounds like a plan--just not a very good plan.
 
 
0 # jcdav 2015-06-13 05:35
Great plan if one wants to awaken the sleeping dragon of middle and under class American wrath.
 
 
+20 # Capn Canard 2015-06-12 14:22
Well the Evil TPP Beast has been stopped... for now. But these traitors to America like Obama, Boehner, Pellosi, and other supporters of the TPP will keep trying until they can completely f*ck over American citizens and reward multinational corporations, etc etc.

I would call these pieces of sh!t whores, but associating prostitutes with these congressmen gives prostitutes a bad name.
 
 
+30 # SanchoTrout 2015-06-12 14:37
Pelosi voted AGAINST the TPP--get your facts straight before you unleash the dogs! You are all worked up--and i share your outrage--but be sure your aim is accurate. It is not accurate with respect to Pelosi.
 
 
+16 # indian weaver 2015-06-12 15:34
Right. In the photo caption the information states Pelosi voted against it.
 
 
+4 # AMLLLLL 2015-06-12 20:20
Pelosi was going to vote for the TPP, but then it got complicated. We need to stay on her ass about it.
 
 
+4 # dquandle 2015-06-12 21:15
It hasn't been stopped yet. just delayed. Be careful.
 
 
+1 # pbbrodie 2015-06-13 07:01
Pelosi voted against this!
 
 
+2 # bingers 2015-06-13 12:06
Quoting pbbrodie:
Pelosi voted against this!


And her speech in session tipped off the other Democrats to vote against it as well. The fact that it didn't pass is mostly because of her.
 
 
+24 # Grizzled 2015-06-12 14:24
It's difficult to see this moving ahead easily, but from what I've read it doesn't appear to be fully dead. Obama won't get fast track approval rights at the moment, but negotiations to establish this trade partnership continue, and they're still completely opaque.
 
 
+1 # dquandle 2015-06-12 21:17
The Obama zombie TPP Is never fully dead. He'll try to ram it down our throats again next week .
 
 
-50 # Robt Eagle 2015-06-12 14:32
Didn't the she-witch Pelosi say about ObamaCare that we need to pass it to see what's in it? What happened to doing the right thing for all Americans? Why rob the rich to give to the poor, or enslave the poor with welfare, food stamps, and free phones? Can some one tell me why Obama showed up on the Hill when he never does that? Is Obama giving away America to the Iranians, loosening the sanctions and allowing Iran to get some $ as they negotiate, which they Iranians have now given to the Taliban? Oh he is a gem, he is!
 
 
+8 # rradiof 2015-06-12 14:35
I will accept Persians any time over Bedouins. Over and out.
 
 
+20 # Merlin 2015-06-12 15:12
Robt Eagle 2015-06-12 14:32

Hahahahaha!

Great troll post! Keep up the good work! Keep us laughing. As I always say "talking nonsense is the best way to make people laugh." You have it down to a science here!
 
 
+10 # jon 2015-06-12 15:51
It is clear that you have memorized - and are an adept at using - "Principals of Newspeak", in George Orwell's "1984".

(Freedom is Slavery, War is Peace, etc.)
 
 
+6 # WestWinds 2015-06-12 16:55
#Robt Eagle:

--- Chopsuey nonsense.
 
 
+9 # DongiB 2015-06-12 17:32
"Oh he is a gem, he is!" But, he is not quite ready to run with those blood-sucking Republicans like McCain, Walker etc who can never be accused of doing anything for the poor and suffering. All they represent and have always represented are the rich and well born. It's time we put this republican scum where they really belong -- in the political outhouse.
 
 
+15 # Saberoff 2015-06-12 14:38
Bernie? TPP? Is the American people beginning to show signs?
 
 
+26 # Buddha 2015-06-12 15:03
Does nobody remember the initial "defeat" Fast Track had in the Senate? It wasn't a week later before it then passed. If anybody really thinks Fast Track, or the TPP itself, just died today, I have a decrepit American bridge desperately in need of repair funding to sell you.
 
 
0 # dquandle 2015-06-12 21:19
Yup!
 
 
+19 # Dale 2015-06-12 15:09
We have to consider that the combination of the extension of neoliberal globalization and existing free trade treaties to date have had a devastating impact on world economy and society.
-This is an agreement that enshrines corporate rights, regulates the internet, limits national health care systems and provides for hospital privatization, regulates financial services, circumscribes labor and environmental laws enacted by governments, makes it illegal for governments (including local and state governments in the U.S.) to enact legislation favoring local businesses, and in general advances a new form of colonization on a global scale.
-With NAFTA, CAFTA, and other Free Trade Agreements, and under mainly AmeriKan pressures, pre-existing development oriented states have been weakened or dismantled and external dependency increased.,
-Austerity programs have been imposed that reduce social spending while limited economic growth comes at the expense of exclusionary patterns of social and political development that pauperize sectors of the population, increase social inequalities, weaken civil society and the democratic order, and degrade
-Free trade is the commercial side of global corporate dominance. Defeating free trade treaties strikes at the heart of plutocratic power.
 
 
+7 # jstick 2015-06-12 16:07
Dale, Yes.
This is not a setback for Obama. It is, I hope, A setback for the corporations and oligarchs who are pulling his strings.
If we refuse to buy a pig in a poke, then when the TPP does come up before Congress, they can pick it apart, support any beneficial trade components, and scalpel out the secret corporate tribunals and other nasty parts.
 
 
+7 # Jim Young 2015-06-12 16:49
Quoting jstick:
"...If we refuse to buy a pig in a poke, then when the TPP does come up before Congress, they can pick it apart, support any beneficial trade components, and scalpel out the secret corporate tribunals and other nasty parts..."


It is extremely important to note that the TPA must be defeated for good, and our elected representatives required to read and make public the text the Corporate lap dog traitors try to keep so secret from real people. Unbelievably asking that the agreements be kept secret 4 years after passage (if the leaks are accurate).

If TPA sneaks through, no one will be able to "...pick it apart, support any beneficial trade components, and scalpel out the secret corporate tribunals and other nasty parts...", it will be an all or nothing, up or down vote, with too many traitors (to real people, not corporate masters) ready to pass the whole load of garbage.
 
 
+8 # angelfish 2015-06-12 16:15
The President SHOULD have realized that ANYONE who stands AGAINST America's best interests WILL lose. I am SO fearful that the ReTHUGlicans will force this through anyway because of all the extraneous trash they've attached to it. Any Democrat that votes FOR it should be "retired" in the next election.
 
 
+5 # DongiB 2015-06-12 17:36
Ditto for Republicans who vote for it!
 
 
+1 # dquandle 2015-06-12 21:21
The corporate thug Obama pushed it. Its his f-ing bill. He should have been retired before coming to office.
 
 
+12 # WestWinds 2015-06-12 16:40
What is the sense of "re-training" people if the "job creators" are only creating jobs in places like India or China?

The TAA is just another red herring designed to have us believe that the government and/or the industrial community give a flying Frisbee about what happens to American workers. What baloney!

What we DO know is that the Congress is full of Right-wingers from both sides of the aisle who are selling this country down the river lock, stock and barrel.
 
 
+8 # jon 2015-06-12 16:52
And laughing all the way to the bank.

Thanks, FOX News, for helping these traitors get into office in the first place.
 
 
0 # A_Har 2015-06-13 13:40
Quoting jon:
And laughing all the way to the bank.

Thanks, FOX News, for helping these traitors get into office in the first place.

I am sure it is not just Fux news; all the MSM is corporate.
 
 
+4 # DongiB 2015-06-12 17:48
Well, President Obama got himself a political education today. He can no longer take the 99% class for granted. No matter how bitter he is nor how loud he squeals, the masses are beginning to wake up. They are learning that " fast track" is a speedy and malicious way to pass legislation. Which bills may well bite them in the pocketbook, limit their freedoms (read Internet) and, in short, make life much more miserable. Now if we can only give such an education to Hilary R. Clinton.
 
 
+1 # davehaze 2015-06-12 18:45
This won't hold. The Democrats are going to fold next week. There will be fast track. Truncated democracy will continue for the people.

Vote for Hilary and all will be well.
 
 
+3 # DongiB 2015-06-12 21:19
Quite the contrary. The Democrats have just gotten started. They are learning that nothing succeeds like success. Prediction: if fast track comes up again, it will down to defeat in bigger majorities. Politicians are very good at sniffing out changing trends.
 
 
+4 # dquandle 2015-06-12 21:27
hahaha
of course they'll fold.Pelosi can't stay out of bed with Obama and her corporate piggybanks for more than a day. She backed him when he tried to dismantle social security.

huffington post

Nancy Pelosi Says Social Security Cut Proposed By Obama Would 'Strengthen' Program
Posted: 12/19/2012 7:02 pm EST Updated: 12/20/2012 11:38 am EST
 
 
+2 # mavrant 2015-06-12 18:47
Right on Buddha. Let's not get cocky. I think I heard on the radio that Ryan wants a "re-vote" next week. I think it'll give the TPP supporters time to apply more pressure to those opposing them now that they know who voted for what, and to possibly make minor changes to appease some of those opposing. This is too big a deal for those that will benefit financially, to let this "puppy" be denied them. TPP is a nightmare that keeps on giving. It will continue into the next presidency and have an effect on future trade agreements, from what I understand. Damn, how could I have been so stupid and naive as to have put away my pitch fork and shovel after the last election, and I'm getting too old to remember where they are now.
 
 
+2 # cmp 2015-06-13 01:23
The 28 dirty Dems who voted "aye":

Representative --- District
Sewell, Terri --- AL 7th
Bera, Ami --- CA 7th
Costa, Jim --- CA 16th
Farr, Sam --- CA 20th
Peters, Scott --- CA 52nd
Davis, Susan --- CA 53rd
Polis, Jared --- CO 2nd
Himes, James --- CT 4th
Wasserman Schultz, Debbie --- FL 23rd
Quigley, Mike --- IL 5th
Delaney, John --- MD 6th
Ashford, Brad --- NE 2nd
Rice, Kathleen --- NY 4th
Meeks, Gregory --- NY 5th
Bonamici, Suzanne --- OR 1st
Blumenauer, Earl --- OR 3rd
Schrader, Kurt --- OR 5th
Cooper, Jim --- TN 5th
Hinojosa, Rubén --- TX 15th
O'Rourke, Beto --- TX 16th
Cuellar, Henry --- TX 28th
Johnson, Eddie --- TX 30th
Beyer, Donald --- VA 8th
Connolly, Gerald --- VA 11th
DelBene, Suzan --- WA 1st
Larsen, Rick --- WA 2nd
Kilmer, Derek --- WA 6th
Kind, Ron --- WI 3rd

.. And, the 3 Dems who did not show up for work:
Representative --- District
Thompson, Mike --- CA 5th
Speier, Jackie --- CA 14th
Vargas, Juan --- CA 51st


https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/114-2015/h362
 
 
+4 # WestWinds 2015-06-13 07:12
#cmp:

--- It would be nice if every one of us took the time to call the offices of these so-called Democrats and tell them We the People are very disappointed in them for their betrayal. If enough of us call them, then maybe on the next vote they will think twice about selling us out.
 
 
+1 # cmp 2015-06-13 07:56
Hey # WestWinds, You are exactly right! Here locally, we have about 30-35 people to start hammering on ALL of these Corporate Dems - Now!

... But, I'm also gonna try and distribute these lists to any National Activist Groups that I have contacts with. I think that any Dem on these lists, who won their General Election in 2014 by 10 or more percentage points, definitely needs to be shamed hard from their home State. .. And even more importantly - hopefully have a real Candidate for their Primary Races of 2016.

... It's disgusting that Obama and the D-Party got all of these Solidly Blue Districts - to sell us out in every respect with these current trade deals. .. And, possibly with the Fast Track for the next 6 years.

If the Senate comes back and votes for just the Fast Track and without the funds for retraining, on the Eve of July 4th, or something like that --- we are all gonna be coming after these "dirty" 28 mega hard, I hope! .. And, be looking for real "good excuses" from those 3 CA'ians who didn't show for arguably - the most important day of the whole term..
 
 
+2 # DongiB 2015-06-13 01:58
CMP, thanks muchly for the list. OK fellow progressives, now we know who needs a political education. Especially those folks in CA and TX. Let's get to work and teach them a lesson they won't soon forget.
 
 
+1 # cmp 2015-06-13 02:44
... hahahaa!!! DongiB, let's take the boots to 'em!

.. And, this is how they fared in their 2014 Mid Term Elections.

* Most of their opponents were Republican. (.. I had to save space here)
* Most Dems, were Incumbents in 2014.

*** Most feel very safe in their very Blue Districts.. .. (.. kinda nice of the Party, aye?)
...... Maybe, too safe for their own good..

Democrat - Opponent
Terri Sewell Incumbent 98.4% - Write-in 1.6%
Ami Bera Incumbent 50.4% - Doug Ose 49.6%
Jim Costa Incumbent 50.7% - Johnny Tacherra 49.3%
Sam Farr Incumbent 75.2% - Ronald Paul Kabat 24.8%
Scott Peters Incumbent 51.6% - Carl DeMaio 48.4%
Susan Davis Incumbent 58.8% - Larry Wilske 41.2%
Jared Polis Incumbent 56.7% - George Leing 43.3%
Jim Himes Incumbent 53.7% - Dan Debicella 46.3%
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Incumbent 62.7% - Joe Kaufman 37.3%
Mike Quigley Incumbent 63.2% - Vince Kolber 30.6%
John Delaney Incumbent 49.7% - Dan Bongino 48.2%
Brad Ashford 49.0% - Lee Terry Incumbent 45.7%
Kathleen M. Rice 51.2% - Bruce Blakeman 45.7%
Gregory Meeks Incumbent 80.2% - Allen Steinhardt 4.1%
Suzanne Bonamici Incumbent 57.3% - Jason Yates 34.5%
Earl Blumenauer Incumbent 72.3% - James Buchal 19.6%
Kurt Schrader Incumbent 53.7% - Tootie Smith 39.3%
Jim Cooper Incumbent 62.3% - Bob Ries 35.8%
Ruben Hinojosa Incumbent 54.0% - Eddie Zamora 43.3%
Beto O'Rourke Incumbent 67.5% - Corey Roen 29.2%
Henry Cuellar Incumbent 82.1% - Will Aikens 13.3%
 
 
0 # cmp 2015-06-13 02:52
.... continued:

Democrat - Opponent
Eddie Bernice Johnson Incumbent 87.9% - Max Koch, III 6.8%
Don Beyer 63.1% - Micah Edmond 31.4%
Gerald Connolly Incumbent 56.9% - Suzanne Scholte 40.4%
Suzan DelBene Incumbent 55.0% - Pedro Celis 45.0%
Rick Larsen Incumbent 60.6% - B.J. Guillot 39.4%
Derek Kilmer Incumbent 63.0% - Marty McClendon 37.0%
Ron Kind Incumbent 56.5% - Tony Kurtz 43.4%

..and, those 3 who don't make it to work:
Mike Thompson Incumbent 75.7% - James Hinton 24.3%
Jackie Speier Incumbent 76.7% - Robin Chew 23.3%
Juan Vargas Incumbent 68.8% - Stephen Meade 31.2%

http://ballotpedia.org/Portal:Legislative_Branch
 
 
+2 # RnR 2015-06-13 08:19
I'm cynical also, but if pressure was doubled and tripled on those who need it, I think it could be maintained.

Use the same strategy in reverse, go after the players :)
 
 
+1 # mavrant 2015-06-13 09:35
Thanks for the list.
I'm rather embarrassed since I live California. Makes sense. The large Ca companies really stand to benefit from something like TPP, but there are lots more of us "little guys". Seems I got some calling and writing to do. Gotta start someplace. Good thing my district representative isn't on this shit list, but a call to say thanks, and "please help" is in order.
 
 
0 # Jump Off Joe 2015-06-14 16:00
Ok, I'm probably being cynical, but I think some of the Nay votes are just pretending they're against TPP just so they can claim they voted against it "before it was improved", and resubmitted in a few days.

Question, though. SUPPOSEDLY fast track means the legislators get to vote yea or nay, but can't make any changes. So WHY can't they vote NAY on the bill, and tell Obama "we will vote FOR your stupid bill, if you make the following changes, and ask us again"?
 
 
-2 # A_Har 2015-06-14 16:09
News flash....SH!T they PASSED fast track for the TPP!!!

House passes Obama’s ‘fast-track’ authority to negotiate trade deal
http://pushback.us/house-passes-obamas-fast-track-authority-to-negotiate-trade-deal/

By RT on June 12, 2015

"President Barack Obama has succeeded in obtaining controversial “fast-track” approval for his Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal in the House of Representatives .

The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), as the “fast-track” powers are officially called, passed by a vote of 219-211, giving President Obama an unlikely victory. In a preceding vote, the House struck down a proposal to extend the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, providing assistance to workers who would lose jobs as a consequence of trade deals.

Update: House will RECONSIDER TAA next week. The TPA vote that just happened counts IF TAA passes. Up to WH to twist arms.

— Pete Schroeder (@peteschroeder ) June 12, 2015

With both the Senate and the House adopting “fast-track” authorization, Congress will only be able to vote on the finalized agreement, without the opportunity to offer amendments."

May the deity help us--WE ARE SO SCREWED!!
 
 
-2 # poetmarinerray 2015-06-14 16:18
I know that there is a lot to fix in TPP and TTIF and Republicans will fight tooth and nail to make that impossible . They want to protect their powerful Corporate sponsors. The Republicans tried to link approval of TAA to welfare/medicar e cuts. When haven't we seen this favorite GOP trick to stop anything that Obama wants to do? We've seen Republicans play recklessly with American lives since Obama/Biden were elected in 2008. IT isn't just the TPP and TTIF trade pacts that might cost some Americans their jobs but the country being too tightly tied to international economic competition and trade(globaliza tion) . But, is the right way to save American jobs really to withdraw from international economic relations all together? That's what would happen if we don't try and make TPP a fair trade agreement
 
 
-1 # A_Har 2015-06-14 18:36
What part of IT PASSED do you fail to understand?? Fast track is done. This means we the people are CUT OUT OF THE LOOP.

As to this bit..."I know that there is a lot to fix in TPP and TTIF and Republicans will fight tooth and nail to make that impossible . They want to protect their powerful Corporate sponsors."

Both parties are representing their "Corporate Sponsors." This is a screw job from the get go, the only way to "fix" it is to make it DIE utterly. BOTH my Dem senators VOTED FOR THIS.

I took civics in 8th grade, and once the bill passes the Senate and the House then it goes to the executive branch (POTUS) for final approval. If he doesn't like it he sends it back for reworking. It looks like that is a class you missed.

Like I have said repeatedly: reality is a hard sell!

THEY ARE ALL IN IT TOGETHER....exc ept for a small minority who actually has integrity and cares about their constituents. But there aren't enough of them to stop this thing.
 
 
0 # Depressionborn 2015-06-16 12:07
The "new' trade treaty is weird. It also appears unstoppable. "The New World order" is on the move? Nothing else makes sense. Even GMOs are involved?

Info is hard to get but it surely looks bad, almost Biblical?

Try WIKILEAKS:
JULIAN ASSANGE:
"First of all, it is the largest ever international economic treaty that has ever been negotiated, very considerably larger than NAFTA. It is mostly not about trade, only 5 of the 29 Chapters are about traditional trade.

The others are about regulating the internet, and what information internet service providers have to collect, they have to hand it over to companies under certain circumstances, the regulation of labor conditions, regulating the way you can favor local industry, regulating the hospital, health care system, privatization of hospitals, so essentially every aspect of a modern economy, even banking services are in the TPP.

So that is erecting and embedding new ultramodern neoliberal structure over U.S. law and the laws of other countries. And putting it in treaty form.

By putting it in a treaty form, there are 14 countries involved, that means it is very hard to overturn, so if there is a desire, a democratic desire to do it on a different path. For example, to introduce more public transport. Then you can't easily change the TPP treaty, because you have to go back to the other nations involved."

I will not vote again. Repubs, Dems, all no good. Bernie is a joke
 

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