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Reid rejects Obama’s trade power
« on: January 29, 2014, 03:07:13 PM »

Reid rejects Obama’s trade power

By Alexander Bolton - 01/29/14 01:54 PM EST

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday he is not inclined to put trade promotion authority on the floor, less than 24 hours after President Obama called for action on the legislation.

Reid made clear he is opposed to the trade promotion bill — sometimes called "fast track," which labor unions staunchly oppose.

“I’m against fast track,” Reid said of the enhanced trade authority bill drafted by Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) that would speed up congressional consideration of trade deals.

Reid said he might not even let the bill come to the floor.

“We’ll see,” he said. “Everyone would be well advised just to not push this right now.”

“Everyone knows how I feel about this. Sen. Baucus knows. Sen. [Ron] Wyden [D-Ore.] knows,” he said in reference to the incoming chairman of the powerful Finance panel.

Obama exhorted Congress Tuesday evening to act on the proposal. 

“We need to work together on tools like bipartisan trade promotion authority to protect our workers, protect our environment, and open new markets to new goods stamped ‘Made in the USA,’ ” Obama said in the State of the Union address.

“China and Europe aren’t standing on the sidelines. Neither should we,” the president added.

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Re: Reid rejects Obama’s trade power
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2014, 03:10:56 PM »
Nothing but an orchestrated game of charades by these clowns.  And the media act like the cat chasing the laser dot.
For the progressive, there is very little to love about the United States. Washington, Jefferson, Madison? A bunch of rotten slaveholders, hypocrites, and cowards even when their hearts were in the right places. The Declaration of Independence? A manifesto for the propertied classes. The Constitution? An artifact of sexism and white supremacy. The sacrifices in the great wars of the 20th century? Feeding the poor and the disenfranchised into the meat-grinder of imperialism. The gifts of Carnegie, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Morgan, Astor? Blood money from self-aggrandizing robber barons. Nat Rev

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