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.
Senate Democrats Tuesday threw up a hurdle on the “fast track” that President Obama and Republican “free trade” advocates couldn’t clear.
In a last-ditch bid to save the Patriot Act, which has been condemned by many members of Congress for its overreaching authorization of domestic spying in the name of national security, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has postponed debate on the controversial law until the week of May 25, days before it expires on May 31.
Senator Johnny Isakson recently advocated passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) while Senator Jeff Sessions posted a “Critical Alert” articulating his concerns with TPA.
Senator Tom Cotton is set to fight Rand Paul in a battle to extend parts of the Patriot Act that will soon expire.
Republicans have proven, time and again, that when it comes to throwing huge stacks of money, they hurl as recklessly as Democrats — especially when the problem they’re throwing money at is the Pentagon.
House Republicans passed a budget on Wednesday after employing the very unusual “Queen of the Hill” rule. The budget that earned the most votes was the one dubbed “Price 2,” which matches the one passed in the House Budget panel last week but includes a $20 billion increase in defense spending.
Once again risk is shifted from a major American company to the American taxpayer via the Export-Import Bank, but this may be the last time.