June 17, 2015

OUTWITTED BY THE sTUPID PARTY:

Some House Democrats Question Fast-Track Strategy ( ISAAC STANLEY-BECKER, 6/15/15, WSJ)

The prospect that lawmakers could move forward with a version of fast-track trade negotiating authority unlinked to a workers' aid program made some House Democrats, prepared last week to declare victory over President Barack Obama's trade agenda, fear they may have outsmarted themselves.

Rep. Luis GutiƩrrez (D., Ill.) said he is having second thoughts about voting against the program, Trade Adjustment Assistance, or TAA, which provides aid to workers harmed by trade. House Democrats on Friday revolted against the aid program, ordinarily a Democratic priority, as a way to scuttle fast-track power. In the House, the measures were linked such that neither could reach Mr. Obama's desk without the other. That may now change.

Mr. GutiƩrrez said he cast his vote against reauthorizing workers' aid under the "mistaken belief" that it would sink trade for good. "They told us if this loses, we all go home," he said. "I now believe anything can happen."

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