Bipartisan push blocks Presidential fast track authority
Posted: November 13, 2013 by laborradio
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.