Congressional Opposition Brewing Over Obama Fast-Track Request

The president’s penchant for ruling by executive order is ruffling congressional feathers, especially among the body’s GOP ranks who fear Obama will use it to advance liberal policies, further endangering his request for fast-track trade authority. 

Next month, soon-to-be U.S. China envoy Sen. Max Baucus, who heads the Senate Finance Committee, and House Ways & Means Committee head Dave Camp are expected to introduce legislation allowing for fast track that is likely to drum up opposition from historically unlikely sources, according to a recent Wall Street Journal editorial.

The members want to have a say, especially when it comes to costly labor and environmental regulation that could be imposed through a prospective Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership pact. 

 “The problem is that many members rightly fear that Mr. Obama will abuse this power by imposing his liberal policy agenda through trade negotiations and fast-track vote. Congress would then be faced with a choice of defeating the free-trade pacts or accepting policies that Republicans would never otherwise vote for. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a particular concern because the European Union likes to force its costly labor and environmental regulations on its trading partners,” the WSJ opined.  

 Best solution? Stop promoting free trade pacts that don't benefit American workers. 

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