Duplicitous Republicans Grant Obama Regime Power

June 23, 2015

Submitted by:  Veronica Coffin



By: Brent Parrish

The Senate just voted to end debate on granting Obama fast-track powers. TPA is now poised for final passage tomorrow.

Via The Hill:

The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority.

The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority.

The 60-37 motion sets up a vote on final passage on Wednesday. If the Senate approves fast-track or trade promotion authority (TPA), it would then be sent to Obama’s desk to become law.

Yesterday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) voiced his final warning to Senate Republicans on granting the president “Fast Track” authority to negotiate international trade deals, sans Congress:

Via Senator Sessions:

Fast-Track surrenders Congressional power to the executive for six years. Congress gives up the power to control the content of legislation, to amend the legislation, to apply a 3/5ths cloture vote or a 2/3rd treaty vote. Fast-track is designed to ensure passage of three secret transnational compacts – TPP, TTIP, TiSA – which together encompass 3/4ths of world GDP and as much as 90% of world GDP when counting countries whose membership is being actively sought. Fast-track would launch the formation of a new Pacific Union with immense regulatory powers, as well as the Trade in Services Agreement designed in part to enhance labor mobility among more than 50 nations. Moreover, instead of promoting reciprocal trade, the deals would promote more one-sided trade that widens our trade imbalances and destroys American manufacturing jobs. The President has also pledged to use fast-track powers to advance his climate agenda.

In short: fast-track will diminish U.S. sovereignty, living conditions and the American manufacturing base.

Historically, whenever the president has been granted fast-track authority (TPA), trade bills have become law.

Republican members of Congress in favor of fast-track claim TPA will restrict the powers of the president. If that were true, Sessions asked, why is the president “breaking arms and legs” to get TPA passed? Passing TPA will more than likely lead to the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership international trade agreement.

Sen. Sessions pointed out that the TPP will be a “living agreement”—meaning, the international commission formed under the agreement can eliminate provisions it doesn’t like—and vice versa.

Regarding the trade deal, Sessions said, “It is designed to promote the international movement of people, services and products. Basically, the same language used to start the European Union. In fact, I have referred to it as a nascent European Union.”

After TPP, there is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), another trans-national union with its own international commission that can discipline and set rules outside of the powers of Congress.

Sen. Sessions points out that trade deals like TPP and TTIP are how the European Union was originally formed in order to create a “common market.”

Via WikiPedia (emphasis added):

The Treaty of Rome, officially the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community (TEEC), is an international agreement that led to the founding of the European Economic Community (EEC) on 1 January 1958. It was signed on 25 March 1957 by Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany. The word Economic was deleted from the treaty’s name by the Maastricht Treaty in 1993, and the treaty was repackaged as the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union on the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon in 2009.

According to article one of the current Treaty of Maastricht, the European Union is the successor of the European Community.

The TEEC proposed the progressive reduction of customs duties and the establishment of a customs union. It proposed to create a common market of goods, workers, services and capital within the EEC’s member states….

Presumably, the second trade deal following the passage of the TPP would be the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), then move to the European realm with the TTIP trade deal.  According to Sen. Sessions, the European Commission stated, “TiSA is open to all WTO [World Trade Organization] members who want to open up trade and services. China and Uruguay have asked to join the talks. The EU [European Union] supports their application.”




House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) has allegedly passed out a manual entitled “TPA Playbook” to every representative in the House in order to deflect voter concerns in their respective states. The playbook was put together by the Business Roundtable (BRT) and its affiliates.

The BRT’s chairman,  Randall Stephenson, is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. The CFR is strongly in favor of the proposed international trade deals and has a long history of supporting “globalization” efforts via political and economic unions (i.e. “economic integration”) with other nations.

Just prior to the election of Barack Obama in 2008, an article appeared at the CFR website entitled “Globalization and the Midwest,” which highlighted some of the “points of interest” from a gathering of government officials, business leaders and academics who met to discuss the  launch of the Global Midwest Initiative. Business Roundtable president, former Michigan Governor John Engler, gave a keynote address on trade at the Chicago event.

Via CFR:

TRADE: Former Michigan Governor John Engler, a keynote speaker at the conference, said trade has become a “bogeyman” to the Midwestern public, but said Midwest-based companies understand the region’s dependence on trade. He recommended that the United States ratify the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) “without delay,” and said the U.S.-Panama FTA is “ready to go as well.” He also told CFR.org the United States should consider pursuing a U.S.-European Union FTA to lower barriers in the aftermath of the failure of the Doha Round global trade talks earlier this year. Engler suggested the creation of an international sectoral agreement related to goods and equipment designed to reduce pollution or otherwise protect the environment.

While at first on-board to grant fast-track authority to the president, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has since changed his mind—which will more than likely raise the ire and incur the wrath of the current GOP leadership.

Sen. Sessions has just released a statement on today’s TPA vote, stating, ”Washington broke arms and heads to get that 60th vote.” According to Sessions, the establishment GOP won the vote, but they “lost the trust of the American people.”



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