President Obama Expresses Gratification After The House Passes TPA

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Upon what the press is calling the stunning “failure” of the President’s trade agenda to pass on Friday after the House failed to pass the Trade Adjustment Assistance initiative, President Obama has a different take.

In a statement, the President explained that he is gratified with the bipartisan approval of trade fast track provision (TPA), which he says will expand workers’ rights, and explains that there is work left to do to see that the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is renewed and expanded. The Senate renewed the provision on a bipartisan basis, but the House failed to do so, in a charge led by Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is holding out for what she is calling a better deal for workers.

The Statement by the President:

Today, Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives voted to help the United States negotiate and enforce strong, high-standard trade deals that are good for American workers and good for American businesses. That’s a good thing. My top priority as President is to grow the economy and open new avenues of opportunity for hardworking Americans. And today’s new economy demands we encourage new sources of growth and job creation, so that America remains vital, dynamic, and on the cutting edge. That’s what smart new trade agreements can do – agreements for fair and free trade that level the playing field for our workers, open new markets for our businesses, and hold other countries to the kinds of high standards that Americans are proud to hold ourselves to here at home. These kinds of agreements reflect the realities of a 21st century economy. These kinds of agreements make sure that the global economy’s rules aren’t written by countries like China; they’re written by the United States of America. And to stand in their way is to do nothing but preserve the long-term status quo for American workers, and make it even harder for them to succeed.

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) will expand workers’ rights, it will protect the environment, it will promote a free and open Internet, and it will support robust new measures to crack down on countries that break the rules – the same way we’ve brought dozens of new trade cases over the past six years, and won again and again. But as I’ve said before, new trade agreements should go hand in hand with support to American workers who’ve been harmed by trade in the past. Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is an initiative that would give roughly 100,000 American workers access to vital support each year. But it’s currently scheduled to expire soon. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have renewed it. Republicans and Democrats in the House failed to renew it today – and that inaction will directly hurt about 100,000 workers and their communities annually if those Members of Congress don’t reconsider. I urge the House to pass TAA without delay so that more middle-class workers can earn the chance to participate and succeed in our global economy.

I thank the bipartisan group of Representatives who came together on behalf of America’s workers, our businesses, and our economy. And I urge the House of Representatives to pass TAA as soon as possible, so I can sign them both, and give our workers and businesses even more wind at their backs to do what they do best: imagine, invent, build, and sell goods Made in America to the rest of the world.

Liberals revolted from TAA in hopes of getting a better deal for workers. One of the results of the outcome of the 2014 election was the Democratic caucus is much more liberal, and today’s vote is indicative of that shift. But the country is also moving further left.

We can only hope that this means workers get even 1/1,000,000 of the help Wall Street gets every day on the Hill.

10 Replies to “President Obama Expresses Gratification After The House Passes TPA”

  1. You people are funny. Everytime one of your strawman arguments are produced it gets shot down. You rejoice in the defeat of the TAA not even knowing that it protects workers because labor told you to oppose it, nevermind this was the same labor that want the keystone to pass which If I remember everyone was against.

    I have nothing

  2. Nothing makes sense anymore. But as long as Bernie Sanders hates it, you can bet dollars to donuts that liberals will too.

    Obama is great, as long as the real (re: White) liberals agree with him.

  3. Wait! Everyone is getting their heads out of joint and jumping to conclusions. Rhetoric, rhetoric spewing all day log on the telly. Everyone is screaming!

    Why not wait until the Trade Bill is completed by next Tuesday. Nancy Pelosi is going to work on the bill further and if she gets what she wants in the bill, it just may pass.

  4. Miss Nancy, Fancy? Yes, Screw the people? No. Wait and see what it says. If the Repo men are for it? Wait. Until we see, what this is. Germans, AKA Koched up, Lo & Behold Prez Obama has shown 100%, Us. Have we seen anything different since he went into office? This is just a distraction from their real, out of the public eye,: Agenda. Stay, tuned. It’s not what it seems when taken at face value.

  5. So basically Pelosi et al are disapproving because it does not go far enough for workers rights.Can be fixed.

  6. Big labor is an interest group just like big business. What they want is sometimes good for the country (and the world) but sometimes not. Personally I trust President Obama much more than big labor.

  7. I’m totally confused. First he “endures the pain of the ‘fantastic failure’ of the fast track trade bill,” then “he’s gratified after the house passes the fast track provision.” Is it raining or did someone just spit in my eye?

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