Trade vote fails: Obama pleads with lawmakers to reconsider decision

Obama suffered an embarrassing setback on Friday on the trade deal, one of his top economic priorities


Reuters June 14, 2015
“If I did not think that smart new trade deals were the right thing to do for working families, I wouldn’t be fighting for it,” Obama. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON:


President Barack Obama on Saturday urged lawmakers to give his trade agenda a second chance and support a bill that would provide training to American workers who see their jobs shipped overseas.


The measure is part of legislation that also includes the “fast-track” authority that Obama needs to finish negotiating a free trade deal with Pacific Rim nations.


“If I did not think that smart new trade deals were the right thing to do for working families, I wouldn’t be fighting for it,” Obama said. Obama suffered an embarrassing setback on Friday on the trade deal, one of his top economic priorities for the 18 months he has left in office.

“For the sake of those workers, their families, and their communities, I urge those members of Congress who voted against Trade Adjustment Assistance to reconsider, and stand up for American workers.” 

Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2015.

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COMMENTS (1)

Kafantaris | 6 years ago | Reply “Do I think it’s wise to spend their members’ hard-earned money attacking someone who agrees with them on just about every other issue," asks Kathleen Rice about the unions' attack of her for supporting the Trade Deal. "No, I don’t.” And it's down right ungrateful.
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