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Bill to give President more authority on trade talks introduced

  • Bipartisan legislation has been introduced that would give President Obama "fast-track authority" to get expedited consideration in Congress for free-trade deals without the threat of amendments or filibusters.
  • The proposals come as the U.S. negotiates the Trans-Pacific Partnership with 11 countries, the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership with 28 nations in Europe, and a global services pact with around 50 countries.
  • However, the fast-track measure faces opposition on Capitol Hill, particularly among Democrats, and a rival bill is being prepared.
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  • nemonemo
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    One step at a time towards dictatorship.
    10 Jan, 04:27 AM Reply Like
  • Copious28
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    This way, he can back door all kinds of legislation that would never pass in congress.
    10 Jan, 05:31 AM Reply Like
  • Copious28
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    http://bit.ly/1hCws6n
    10 Jan, 05:40 AM Reply Like
  • may be
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    thanks for the link
    10 Jan, 06:56 AM Reply Like
  • may be
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    a lot of people in a lot of these countries don't want is being done through the secrecy of the negotiating process.
    10 Jan, 06:49 AM Reply Like
  • may be
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    Congress and the public got pushback in the trade process, which, for 200 years, the Founders in writing the Constitution gave exclusive authority to trade to Congress. Out of the Boston Tea Party, they wanted to make sure diffuse power had the decision of trade so no president, like King George, could unilaterally put up tariffs -- not tea anymore, but whatever favorite project.
    10 Jan, 06:53 AM Reply Like
  • may be
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    So the Congress controlled trade for 200 years. Fast track took that away, and fast track, for the first time, allowed this diplomatic legislating through trade negotiation. 'Cause before that, the negotiators were only authorized. Congress has to delegate authority to talk about tariffs. So now locking in these backwards rules, making them enforceable, very dangerous process, and then you add to that this legislative luge run of fast track that Simon and Howard both talked about, and you have a really dangerous process.
    10 Jan, 06:54 AM Reply Like
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