Sen. Bernie Sanders put the focus of today’s trade votes back where it belongs. Sanders reminded everyone that the rejection of TAA was a defeat for corporate America.
In a statement, Sen. Sanders (I-VT) said, “I applaud the House of Representatives for the vote today. While the fight will no doubt continue, today’s vote is a victory for America’s working people and for the environment. It is clearly a defeat for corporate America, which has outsourced millions of decent-paying jobs and wants to continue doing just that.”
Because President Obama went to Capitol Hill to personally lobby for the bill the first reaction of the political world was to frame the result in Obama terms, but the vote was a bigger defeat for corporate America.
The TAA vote was a reminder of what can happen when workers use their voices and get involved in the political process. Democrats turned against the bill because they have been getting tremendous pressure from unions and workers back in their districts.
Unions out organized big business and their superior efforts showed in the vote. There is something bigger than politics at work here. The country is changing. American workers put so much pressure on members of Congress that they had to listen.
Bernie Sanders nailed it. This was a political setback for President Obama, but it was also a stunning defeat for corporate America. People are waking up, and for one day at least ordinary people were able to defeat the special interests who dominate Washington.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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