House Kills Fast-Track Of Obamatrade After Pelosi-Led Democrat Rebellion

Tyler Durden's picture

And just like that, President Obama's fast track of his "great job creation" bill is defeated in a 126-302 procedural vote which stumbled over what is known as the Trade Adjustment Assistance.

Following Pelosi's comments that "its defeat is the only way we will be able to slow down fast track," and "people would rather have a job than assistance", the defeat of a measure to provide aid to workers displaced by trade deals means the fast-tracking of the TPP is done (for now).


And with a whopping 302 votes against, House democrats just stunned the democrat president by ending the "fast-track" of the TPP and forcing it back to the drawing room table. As the NYT puts it:

House Democrats rebuffed a dramatic personal appeal from President Obama on Friday, torpedoing his ambitious push to expand his trade negotiating power — and, quite likely, his chance to secure a legacy-defining trade accord spanning the Pacific Ocean.

Of course this can all go back for another markup and another amendment but for now. TPP needs the passage of the TAA to send the bill back to Obama for his signature, which means we are back to square one.


As The NY Times reports,

In a remarkable rejection of a president they have resolutely backed, House Democrats voted to kill assistance to workers displaced by global trade, a program their party created and has stood by for four decades. By doing so, they brought down legislation granting the president trade promotion authority — the power to negotiate trade deals that cannot be amended or filibustered by Congress — before it could even come to a final vote.


“We want a better deal for America’s workers,” said Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House minority leader who has guided the president’s agenda for two terms and was personally lobbied by Mr. Obama until the last minute.


Republican leaders tried to muster support from their own party for trade adjustment assistance, a program they have long derided as an ineffective waste of money and sop to organized labor. But not enough Republicans were willing to save the program.

Republican leaders could still try to pass a stand-alone trade promotion bill, but that would force the Senate to take up a trade bill all over again. And without trade adjustment assistance alongside it, passing trade promotion authority in the Senate would be highly doubtful.

The vote was an extraordinary blow to Mr. Obama, who went to the Capitol on Friday morning to plead personally with Democrats to “play it straight” — to oppose trade promotion if they must but not to kill trade assistance, a move he cast as cynical. On Thursday night, he had made an unscheduled trip to the annual congressional baseball game to try to persuade Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the minority leader.

And, as expected, shortly after the failure to pass TAA the House passed the TPA...


... But it did not matter because:


Did the US public finally give big corporations, who have successfully purchased the US president long ago, the middle finger?

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ted41776's picture

what racist!! how dare they criticize dear leader!! false flag time?

Pooper Popper's picture

What a Fucking Joke!

Way PAST time to start Hanging Fuckers!!!

froze25's picture

Well at least a little bit of sanity emerges.  How long till Boehner gets charges brought up for something he has done for not getting the Republicans in line?  Lidsay Gram outed for being an Homosexual for not doing his job? Tick tock Tick tock.

duo's picture

Listening to Rush, it seems that TPA passed by 2 votes.  Developing.

zaphod's picture

Democrats are clearly racist POS.

TruthInSunshine's picture

President Oblama is the most honest, upstanding, transparent, constitution-respecting, decent President of all time, and genuinely cares about the plight of ordinary Americans and is trying to help the middle class.


(Big Pharma will get this bill passed, ultimately. Thanks Obama & corrupt CONgress)

pods's picture

He's got a great golf swing too.  Ernie Els called and asked him how he could help him swing smoother.


Handful of Dust's picture

Barry's PTT failure means a few million Merikan jobs are safe ... for now.

Latina Lover's picture

ObamaTrade must be REALLY BAD for the democrats to burn Obama.  Then again, he is the worst POS, with the possible exception of Baby Bush, to ever occupy the WH>

NoDebt's picture

Now I'm really torn.  Pelosi's against something and I'm agreeing with her?  What to do, what to do.

"its defeat is the only way we will be able to slow down fast track"

You have to admit, she's still got a way with words.  A way that would confuse and scare most 3rd graders.  But in Congress that's called "deep insight".

sodbuster's picture

Where can we find how the slime balls voted?

Funny Money's picture

What the fuck.  Nancy Pelosi is the hero?  I'm so fucking confused!

markovchainey's picture

No doubt Funny Money (and No Debt)...I think my head is about to explode.  I think more bourbon is in order...

BaBaBouy's picture

Oybamas Post-Prez Speaking Fee Just Went Down From $650K To $550K ...

El Vaquero's picture

AFL-CIO was against this.  I bet some congresscritters were worried about future campaign financing.


And we all know it doesn't cost that much to buy a congress critter.

Bumpo's picture

Nothing an Executive Order can't "fix"

strannick's picture

Whyd Pelosi do that? Is she running against Hilary?

InjectTheVenom's picture

actual DRUDGE top-of-page banner headline a/o Fri 6/12 415pm est ... "Pelosi takes brave stand for America" .... has Drudge been bought out by The Onion or what ?!   

Son of Loki's picture

It's a side-effect of Botox toxicity i read somewhere ... paralyzes not only your face muscles but specific areas of the amygdala .. you begin to go mad, not think straight.


It's true...all scientifically prven stuff from Stanta Tomas School of VooDoo Medicine in the Caribbean. It's similar to the crab-eating spider insect venom.

TeamDepends's picture

Come on folks it's not that hard. The Dims who haven't gone all in are starting to realize the Obongo legacy is going to smell like ripe limburger. It's called "saving face". In other words, they are starting to fear the repercussions from their constituents.

Manthong's picture

"Did the US public finally give big corporations, who have successfully purchased the US president long ago, the middle finger?"
Keep in mind they also bought the leadership and the Senate, but the House is a bit more domestic-centric because they are up every two years.

TeamDepends's picture

Whatever is going on, it shows that there is a pulse in the Republic, and to that we say CHEERS!!

Icelandicsaga...............................................'s picture

Agree on that socre .. the only republican hero in this entire debacle is Sen. Jeff Sessions of Ala... who every day has been speaking to the press or sending out alerts on what a POS TPP or TPA  is ... in this interview he referred to TPP as a religion .. a cult .... I keeep thinkin gof CARGO cult in the case of TPP it would apply .. Sessions went against the party hackes on this but he often does .. only republican I would vote for president... The implications of this new Pacific Union are extraordinary and ought to be discussed in full, in public, before Congress even contemplates fast-tracking its creation and pre-surrendering its power to apply the constitutional two-thirds treaty vote. In effect, to adopt fast-track is to agree to remove the constitutional protections against the creation of global governance structures before those structures are even made public.

Senator Sessions Reads Obama’s TPP Bill & Exposes Its Disastrous Contents: The Paper Hanging Destruction Of Middle Class America!
Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

HAHA, you fools... this only means the cheap-ass lobbyists have been too lean on the loot to the demorats. This will get shoved through one way or another. There's too much globalist filth pushing it. Keep clinging to your delusional aspirations for CONgress... How many of you are still waiting for the repeal of the federal reserve act? Fucking pathetic... this whole society makes me want to vomit. No BS, I sometimes get physically ill thinking about the shear number of fucking retarded slaves out there. It's enough to say fuck it and join the dark side.

zhandax's picture

"Did the US public finally give big corporations, who have successfully purchased the US president long ago, the middle finger?"

Of course not, who listens to those worthless fucks?  Some "one" (cough, Merk, cough, Pfizer, cough Glaxo) didn't offer enough 'campaign donations'.  Election year is coming up, don'tcha know?

eatthebanksters's picture

I'm a Republican who was pissed about Obamacare being passed by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid without the rest of the world knowing what was in it. I felt the same way about the trade package - before you vote yes tell us what's in it.  Hard to believe Pelosi is the one who shot it down.  I also think McConnell and Boehner are about the dumbest turds in office.  The Rebubs had been doing pretty well; these two assclowns just set the conservative cause back immeasurably...maybe becasue they are establishment Repugs and they are maybe the worst of all politicians becuase they claim to stand for something and yet they don't.  Fuck those guys and Nancy, as much as I don't like you, thank you.

Chauncey Gardener's picture

No shit. This is just too bizarre for words. When Pelosi gets credit for shooting down something like this, all bets are off. 

Well, except that Boehner, McConnell, and new out of the closet Dhimmicrat Paul Ryan are just (well, maybe) one notch up from crack hoe's. If it were not for the real heros like Jeff Sessions, I'd be completely postal. I know my Dad, a WWII vet who was a tailgunner then a Seabee, would be shooting the bastards by now.

two hoots's picture

Obama is corrupted by power and going full steam toward his original agenda. Dems see him as poisoning their party and are putting him on the sidelines before he does much more damage.  He knows he will soon rejoin his clan and he must save face to fit in.  He will not be accepted by the elite class after his term.  He will fit in to the elite sports class.

TwoHoot's picture

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

James_Cole's picture

AFL-CIO was against this.  I bet some congresscritters were worried about future campaign financing. 

So AFL-CIO is a good thing..?

There's still some good things about having a dem president too. 

Clockwork Orange's picture

Clear fiction once again.  Pathetic how obvious it all is now.

Jacko/Pelosi and her band of bought-off pedophiles get to look like they're taking a stand, to be folded later.   After all, she didn't get her ill-gotten wealth by not selling out the peasantry.

Boner gets to look like a tool again and solidfy the view his band of pedophiles are corporate rich-guy hacks.

It will pass next time around with fanfare.

James_Cole's picture

It will pass next time around with fanfare.

Fast track is DOA until next congress, that seems to be the only obvious thing. 

Something in the water in us&a poltics these days though. Ever since snowden lifted the skirt political establishment seems to be spinning with increase chaos. obama and republican leaders remain in lock step but within his own party obama is seen by politicians (rightfully) as... a neocon? Big threat repubs see is their own semi-libertarian rand paul? They're going after rand paul with more ferocity than any dem. 

Seems like the whole facade is slowly collapsing. 

Paveway IV's picture

The 'secret' provisions stuffed in by Republicans (an amendment to fast track, actually) prohibit any Israeli Boycott-Divest-Sanction actions in the U.S. and calls for the U.S. to economically punish any countries that do employ anything construed as BDS towards Israel.

I'm honestly perplexed why they didn't railroad this through. Is Pelosi off her meds? She's a poster-child Israeli-firster. We all knew that FIFA was finished when they were getting ready to toss out Israel. I expect the DOJ will be shutting down the House any minute now for some massive corruption investigation.

House of the U.S. Congress... FIFA... Should have known your masters, boys! Bibi don't play 'dat.

James_Cole's picture

check sec 914.

one choice bit:

(8) supports States of the United States examining a company’s promotion or compliance with unsanctioned boycotts, divestment from, or sanctions against Israel as part of its consideration in awarding grants and contracts and supports the divestment of State assets from companies that support or promote actions to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel.

Here's the vote:

Paveway IV's picture

South Carolina just passed legislation prohibiting doing business with any company supporting the Israeli BDS movement. So any company that opposes Israeli's slaughter of Palestinian children better shut the hell up if they're doing business with South Carolina.

Fuck free speech U.S. citizen - don't say or do anything Israel doesn't like or you will suffer. It's the AIPAC LAW.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

And guess what . . . fucking Joe Wilson voted 'aye' for the trade tyranny du jour.

Paveway IV's picture

But he's like 300th on The List. Pelosi only got $40K in bribes - no wonder she was so pissed.

UselessEater's picture

Rand Paul & TPP:

Speaking at the Center for the National Interest dinner in New York City on October 23, Senator Paul said:

Our national power is a function of the national economy. During the Reagan renaissance, our strength in the world reflected our successful economy.

Low growth, high unemployment, and big deficits have undercut our influence in the world. Americans have suffered real consequences from a weak economy.

President George W. Bush understood that part of the projection of American power is the exporting of American goods and culture. His administration successfully brokered fourteen new free trade agreements and negotiated three others that are the only new free trade agreements approved since President Obama took office. Instead of just talking about a so-called “pivot to Asia,” the Obama administration should prioritize negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership by year’s end.

Rand Paul to Obama: "Prioritize" Passage of Trans-Pacific Partnership


AmericanFUPAcabra's picture

Would you people please stop putting Snowden on a fucking pedestal. Nothing has been done since his 'revelations'.  No bills overturned. No laws passed. No budgets cut. You make yourself look like a fool every time you tout his name.... oh wait you dragged Rand Paul out like some white knight.... 'big threat' he has a spine of his own to stand with. Why the up arrows?

James_Cole's picture

Nothing has been done since his 'revelations'.  No bills overturned. No laws passed.

Snowden supplied the info, what is done about it is up to everyone else. Even snowdens critics acknowledge he was the sole reason the patriot act was being discussed as it was (quite obviously). Some reform has come of his revelations not just in the us but worldwide.  

Rand Paul out like some white knight.... 'big threat' he has a spine of his own to stand with.

rand paul is running in a race where many millions of donor money are the base for even being allowed in at all, not surprised to see him playing to that in the primary. His aircraft carrier speech, israel stuff, tpp etc. I can understand why he does that. No one is going to get to be president of the us without compromising themselves along the way. Especially within the rigid dogma of the repub party. 

In any case I was referring to his treatment by his peers as though he is a big threat, not my personal assessment. The entire repub establishment is going after him, saying he’s irresponsible, only out for money (his patriot act speech), would put americans in danger etc. Basically they’re treating him like a competing dem. 

Paveway IV's picture

Mike Coogan on Mondoweiss:

AIPAC-backed legislation targeting BDS movement advances in Congress

"...The amendment is designed to pressure the European Union (EU), which is currently negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) with the United States, to reverse course on the steps it has taken in recent years to oppose Israeli settlements. These include new guidelines preventing entities operating from Israeli-occupied territory from receiving EU funding and a recent push to label settlement products entering the EU..."

Damn you, Europe. OBEY US!

El Vaquero's picture

I don't like AFL-CIO at all.  Nor do I like Pelosi.  But AFL-CIO, Pelosi and I all think that the fast track of TPP was a bad thing, albeit, probably for very, very different reasons.  And if AFL-CIO was against it, it is a safe bet that a lot of other unions were too.  Unions really like to give to Ds.  All that I'm saying here is, follow the money. 

James_Cole's picture

So if I'm reading your comment right, the unions got together and pooled their money to help block a bad deal (fast track) which had support from dem president + republican party. Yes, I agree - unions did good.


Repubs managed to pass their own shitty bill but that can't move anywhere in the senate as far as i can tell. 


Bob's picture

The unions have been with the real progressives, the real conservatives and the real libertarians against this one all along.

Krieger has been on it here at ZH, most recently here:

El Vaquero's picture

I don't know if they pooled their money or if they promised to support somebody else next election, but either way, they came out against it.  They have to know that it would further reduce their paying membership by sending jobs overseas.  Or maybe they just didn't get a big enough cut. 

James_Cole's picture

They have to know that it would further reduce their paying membership by sending jobs overseas.

So you're saying unions have an incentive to protect their workers livelihoods whereas supranational trade agreements beloved by neocons/libs + corporations do not? 

Manthong's picture

Thanks for the link.

"There's still some good things about having a dem president too."

Not anymore.. Not since JFK.

But then again, there is not much of an advantage to having R's in the office anymore either given the disasters of the Shrubs.

James_Cole's picture

"There's still some good things about having a dem president too."

Not anymore.. Not since JFK.

I meant in the sense that dems are more likely as a group to vote against the desires of their president. The msm has been characterizing this as a major embarrassment - is us&a supposed to officially be an autocracy now or what? 

Manthong's picture

As far as Obama is concerned, it is.

And it seems like most of Congress doesn't care.