Senator orrin hatch of utah the top republican on the

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Unformatted text preview: xpensive program whose practical impact has been questioned by independent audits. But, as Republicans have acknowledged in the past, it is useful as a sop to American workers who are understandably nervous about trade’s impact. In our view, the projected benefits of the trade agreements are so large — $13 billion in additional exports per year, according to the International Trade Commission — that a reauthorization of trade adjustment assistance is a price worth paying to secure them. Indeed, the administration and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, have agreed to reduce its price tag. The Republicans have a valid complaint when they say that this entire mess could have been avoided if President Obama had long ago embraced the three trade agreements, which were negotiated by the Bush administration in 2007, instead of delaying and rejiggering them to appease labor over the last 21 / 2 years. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 51 Mercury Politics Uniqueness – Won’t Pass Now – Political Stalling Korea won’t pass, there’s too much stalling 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 (DMont.) 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 lastminute 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 ba...
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