Gonzaga debate institute 2011 51 mercury politics

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Unformatted text preview: t said, ‘You get these agreements here, we’ll pass them tomorrow, send them up.’ ’’ The GOP boycott came after the White House heralded a bipartisan agreement between Senate Democrats and House Republicans over extending the retraining program, known as Trade Adjustment Assistance. But Republicans say that was an agreement about the size and scope of the extension of the training details, not the process for getting it through Congress. A spokeswoman for Senator Orrin Hatch, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said it should not have come as a surprise to the administration that Republicans had outstanding issues heading into Thursday’s planned hearing. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 50 Mercury Politics Uniqueness – Won’t Pass Now – TAA (3/3) Trade won’t pass- TAA kills it altogether. Washington Post 7/2/11 (Washington Post editorial, “As Washington dithers, Europe races ahead on trade”, Published: July 2,, 7.5.11, SWolff) By Editorial, AMERICA DESPERATELY needs jobs. Republicans and many Democrats in Congress, along with President Obama, say that the pending trade promotion agreements between the United States and South Korea, Colombia and Panama will help create employment in this country. All that’s left to do is have the president submit the deals for approval in the House and Senate, stage a signing ceremony in the Rose Garden, and go off for a nice summer barbecue — right? Actually, no. The trade pacts remain stalled, with Congress’s August recess looming. As far as we can see, the only work they’re creating is for political scientists who study polarization and legislative dysfunction. The latest kerfuffle revolves around the White House-backed effort by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to tie about $900 million in aid over the next three years for trade-displaced workers to the South Korea deal, by far the largest and economically most important of the three. This prompted a walkout from the hearing by Republicans, who protested that the administration was using free trade as a vehicle for more spending. What’s really going on? Basically, each party is playing some last-minute hardball on behalf of its respective ideological bases. On the Democratic side, labor unions have been unable to prevent Mr. Obama’s belated conversion to the cause of the free-trade agreements. Trade adjustment assistance (TAA) money is the consolation prize labor demands — and the White House is determined to let the unions have it. On the Republican side, the anti-spending Club for Growth and affiliated back-benchers in Congress see TAA as yet another failed, expensive bureaucracy and want to kill it. GOP leaders on the Hill are committed to giving them at least a chance to vote “no” on TAA. The White House says that tying TAA to the South Korea deal helps guarantee that both the trade deal and TAA make it past Republican opposition. Perhaps, but it’s a risky gambit: What happens if Republicans refuse to vote for free-trade-plus-TAA? We could end up with nothing. TAA is an e...
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