June 9, 2010

BUT OPPOSING ECONOMIC GROWTH, FREE TRADE AND OUR ALLIES ARE AT THE CENTER OF THIS ADMINISTRATION:

A Split In Dems' Anti-Free-Trade Bloc? (IBD, 6/08/10)

Free trade, long a bugbear of protectionist Democrats, has been dead ever since they took Congress in 2006. But as the economy stagnates and Democrats sink in the polls, signs of change are surfacing.

Last Friday, 39 members of Congress, more than half of them Democrats, called on President Obama to support the long-stalled Colombia free-trade pact awaiting a vote since 2006.

The letter asked the president to identify and resolve whatever problems he had with this market-opening treaty, submit it to Congress for a vote and show some leadership in standing up for it. "We believe the implementing legislation will have strong bipartisan support in Congress, and we stand ready to work with you to ensure its passage," the letter concluded.

The letter marks a significant shift for Democrats who've marched in lockstep with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi against the Colombia treaty since 2008.


Posted by Orrin Judd at June 9, 2010 8:30 PM
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