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Unformatted text preview: int.html, 7.5.11, SWolff) 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. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 26 Mercury Politics Internal Link – GOP Coop Key to SKFTA GOP cooperation on Trade Adjustment Assistance key to passage of trade agreements The Washington Post, editorial, 6-5-11 (“Free the free-trade agreements,” June 5, 2011,, accessed June 21, 2011, EJONES) Determining the merits of this increasingly self-referential quarrel between the two parties would take 100 marriage counselors 100 years. Both sides have played politics with trade and both have inappropriately linked the three foreign countries to more peripheral matters. But the big picture is clear: For two years, Republicans justifiably demanded that Mr. Obama end his opposition to the pacts; he has done that. All he wants in return at this point is a commitment by the GOP to accept trade adjustment assistance — or at least not block it — as it has in the past. If Republicans on Capitol Hill are more concerned about the national interest than placating their own right wing, they’ll meet the president halfway — and get these deals done while they still matter. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 27 Mercury Politics Internal Link – Democrats Key to SKFTA Democrats key – they are pushing TAA linkage AFP, 7-8-11 [“US compromise eyed on S.Korea trade deal”,, accessed 7-8-11] A Democratic-led Congress in 2009 ramped up the Trade Adjustment Assistance by making hundreds of thousands of workers in the service industry eligible for benefits and retraining if their jobs are threatened by foreign trade. The prog...
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