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WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats dealt a stinging blow to President Barack Obama Tuesday by blocking legislation that would grant him authority to fast-track international trade deals. Democrats, including several who favor Obama's trade agenda, banded together to prevent the Senate from considering legislation that grants the president so-called Trade Promotion Authority, which would bar Congress from amending or filibustering trade agreements negotiated by the administration. Fifty-two senators voted to start debate on the bill, short of the 60 needed to overcome a Democratic filibuster. Forty-five senators voted against the plan. The fast-track bill is seen as essential to passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a secretive trade deal the Obama administration is negotiating with 11 other Asian-Pacific countries. Obama's rejection at the hands of his own party follows his bitter public feud with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) over his trade agenda. Republican leaders in the House and Senate support both TPA and TPP.
originally posted by: Grimpachi
a reply to: Willtell
Obama is just republican lite. He was never a true Democrat his record has shown that repeatedly. Still it was better than Full flavor republican at the time.
originally posted by: OccamsRazor04
It's hilarious you think the GOP are the ones kissing the butts of the rich.
Democrats don't care about you. They never did. They never will.
originally posted by: beezzer
a reply to: Willtell
Will, Obama is simply doing this so democrats will have a foil in which to strike against Obama.
They have to differentiate themselves from Obama and his policies.
He has been in charge for 6 years.
Things have gotten worse, not better. Under the leadership of progressive democrats, the country has fallen in economics, domestic policy and foreign policy.
So Obama is simply doing something that progressive democrats can "fight against" and look like they are outside of the beltway path.
It's all a damned game. And people are falling for it.
originally posted by: undo
guys, Socialism has never been a free ride. They sold it to americans on that premise, but it isn't true. Never has been. The soviet union was propped up financially and supplied weapons tech, by american taxpayers who paid for the research and then the info was shared with the soviets. And they did this without asking us. Then they guilted us into paying more taxes on the premise that what we were paying to help the inner city poor wasn't enough, and then spent more tax payer money building bases all over the world and creating;funding some 300 different 3 letter agencies.
If your marxism is seeming remarkably less than marxist, realize marxism was never what they said in the first place.