In what is reminiscent of Nancy’s Pelosi’s infamous words, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” Obama’s secret Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty is likely to be fast tracked by the Senate this week.
The New York Times spins reports:
President Obama’s most aggressive and sustained legislative push since the Affordable Care Act faces a crucial first test this week when a divided Senate considers a bill that would grant him accelerated power to complete a massive trade accord with 11 nations across the Pacific Rim.
But after lobbying members of Congress in a campaign that has included rides on Air Force One, meetings in the West Wing, private vows of political support and public attacks on critics in his own party, Mr. Obama’s top legislative priority remains at risk.
A vote scheduled for Tuesday on legislation that would grant him trade promotion authority, also known as “fast track,” has become mired in a procedural thicket, with Democrats — many of them loyal to labor unions bent on killing the bill — vowing to oppose it.
On Friday, Obama tried to persuade unions to get on board with his don’t ask don’t tell treaty.
“So when you look at a country like Vietnam, under this agreement, Vietnam would actually, for the first time, have to raise its labor standards,” Obama told a crowd at a Nike plant in Oregon. “It would have to set a minimum wage. It would have to pass safe workplace laws to protect its workers.”