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House rejects Obama on trade authority

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 Cinnamon    24,675

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House derailed a high-profile trade bill on Friday in a humiliating defeat for President Barack Obama inflicted by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and dozens of union-backed lawmakers from his own party.

The 302-126 vote left the legislation in perilous limbo, and came not long after Obama journeyed to the Capitol with a last-minute personal plea to fellow Democrats to give him power to negotiate global trade deals that Congress could approve or reject but not change.

"I don't think you ever nail anything down around here. It's always moving," the president said as he departed — a prescient remark given Pelosi's dramatic announcement later on the House floor.

"Slow down the fast track to get a better deal for the American people," the California lawmaker said in a speech that drew handshakes and hugs from Democrats have labored for months to reject Obama's request for "fast track" authority in trade talks.

Republicans command a majority in the House, and Speaker John Boehner and the GOP leadership worked in harness with Obama to pass the legislation. But there were many defections among Republicans unwilling to expand the president's authority and not nearly enough Democrats supporting him for the bill to prevail.



Obama lost this round, but don't worry! They'll be back, they always are. So he's got more support from Republicans than the Democrats on this. Seems to me all of this is an attempt to set the next president up with even more power and to make it easier for them to control us with future trade deals. (TPP anyone?)  If they had gotten this through or get something similar through, trade deals cannot be amended, only accepted or rejected. So any so-called unintended consequences would remain, no matter what This stinks so bad.

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 Lucy Barnable    5,365

It reeks to high heaven Cinnamon!

While this is good news I'm not betting on a defeat.
The corporations will just sweeten the deal and buy the votes they need.

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