Bipartisan push blocks Presidential fast track authority

By Doug Cunningham

 

Bipartisan opposition in the U.S. House appears to have killed fast-track authority for President Obama to negotiate trade policies. Fast-track delegates Congress’ constitutional trade authority to the president. One hundred fifty one House Democrats sent the White House a letter Wednesday opposing fast-track trade authority. Twenty-five House Republicans announced their opposition to fast track Tuesday. Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch says Fast Track let the executive branch choose trade partners, set agreements’ terms and sign them before Congress even voted. Global Trade Watch director Lori Wallach says these letters from Congress make clear that Fast Track is history.

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