Just want to let everyone know that the Fast Track bill just passed the house. The vote was 218 to 208 with 28 Dem’s voting for it. Imagine that. no provision for workers harmed by this and it passes.
From the article here is Ryan’s take:
“It gives America credibility,” Ryan said of TPA. “And boy, do we need credibility right now.”
Who is he concerned about looking creditable too?
On to the senate. Maybe all the talk about it being unconstitutional lately someone with money that gives more than lip service to being a patriot will step up.
- Out of the total $1,148,971 given, an average of $17,676.48 was donated to each of the 65 “yea” votes.
- The average Republican member received $19,673.28 from corporate TPP supporters.
- The average Democrat received $9,689.23 from those same donors.
- In just 24 hours, Wyden and five of those Democratic holdouts – Michael Bennet of Colorado, Dianne Feinstein of California, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Patty Murray of Washington, and Bill Nelson of Florida – caved and voted for fast-track.
- Bennet, Murray, and Wyden – all running for re-election in 2016 – received $105,900 between the three of them. Bennet, who comes from the more purple state of Colorado, got $53,700 in corporate campaign donations between January and March 2015, according to Channing’s research.
I guess they were the smart ones holding out for more? But, of course we know where the real money goes.
Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, who is the former US trade representative, has been one of the loudest proponents of the TPP. (In a comment to the Guardian Portman’s office said: “Senator Portman is not a vocal proponent of TPP – he has said it’s still being negotiated and if and when an agreement is reached he will review it carefully.”) He received $119,700 from 14 different corporations between January and March, most of which comes from donations from Goldman Sachs ($70,600), Pfizer ($15,700), and Procter & Gamble ($12,900). Portman is expected to run against former Ohio governor Ted Strickland in 2016 in one of the most politically competitive states in the country.
How nice, the prior negotiator getting $119,700 in 3 months time.
I have to agree with Gaius Publius at Hullabaloo, he thinks they are selling themselves well short of the potential earnings of those buying them. It’s no wonder we can’t get decent policy. They don’t even value themselves.