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‘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
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,
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/as-washington-dithers-europe-races-ahead-ontrade/2011/07/01/AG3hmZvH_print.html, 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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