Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) dogged insistence on renewing the expiring portions of the Patriot Act intact has created a logjam in the Senate that will likely lead to those provisions expiring at midnight on May 31.

President Barack Obama’s trade agenda took another step forward in the Republican-controlled Senate today (May 21), thanks to wheeling and dealing by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and his lieutenants, who engaged in a flurry of deal-making activity on the Senate floor.

Amtrak is still in trouble, but “fast track” is back on the rails.

House Republicans approved a late-term abortion ban on Wednesday after a controversial rape provision was removed from the bill’s language. Female Republican lawmakers had threatened to rebel against the bill if the provision remained in the bill.

 

Opponents of TPA, TPP, and TTIP rejoiced over the Senate’s May 12 vote, but another Fast Track match is looming, as lobbyists, the White House, the GOP, and Dems work out backroom deals.

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