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.
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.
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.