The House of Representatives voted 270 to 152 on Wednesday in favor of the Keystone XL oil pipeline legislation. However, without the necessary two-thirds majority, or 281 votes, it is likely President Obama will veto the bill, setting the stage for the first veto showdown between Obama and the Republican-controlled Congress. Representative Justin Amash of Michigan was the only Republican to vote against the legislation, citing concerns over the bill’s “cronyism.”
To get passage of a trade deal that would devastate many American businesses and workers’ wages, merely allow the president to negotiate it without oversight by Congress — and then rush it through Congress on a “fast track,” without examination or debate.
Support for new “trade agreements” or the Transatlantic Policy Network means breaking a congressman’s oath. After all, as this article shows, full implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade agenda would effectively mean the abolition of the United States as a free and independent nation.
Obama's 2016 budget proposal dares the GOP-controlled Congress to play defense without appearing to favor the ultra-rich or corporations who put billions in earnings abroad.