I am not a big supporter of Representative Rob Wittman (VA-01). When it comes to fighting wasteful spending, I don’t have much confidence he will stand and fight. He usually says the right things, but I fear he cares more about bringing home the bacon to his district. Unfortunately, the cost of that bacon is beggaring our children and grandchildren. Nevertheless, whenever Wittman does something right, I think it best to thank him and hope he has had a change of heart.
This is what Wittman put on his website. So it seems he has at least taken a firm stand on this issue.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1) today voted in opposition to Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and Trade Adjustment Assistance. TPA is the mechanism whereby Congress grants the president authority to enter into trade negotiations, sets trade negotiating objectives, and establishes notification and approval processes for certain trade agreements, among other provisions.
“Free trade is a critical element of smart economic policy, and I am a strong supporter of responsible trade agreements,” Wittman said. “However, I read this bill from top to bottom, and I am deeply concerned with the ambiguities and vagueness of many of the U.S. trade negotiating objectives it lays out. The U.S. needs to be negotiating from a position of power. With TPA, Congress is undercutting its own ability to maintain leveraging authority over its priorities by failing to define strategic directives as specifically as possible. (continued here)
Given President Barack Hussein Obama’s track record, any Republican who votes to give that man more authority needs to have his head examined. We also need to boot that Republican out of office. There is no excuse for giving a president who is already abusing the powers of his office more opportunities to do harm.
We have had Obama as our president for over six years. Don’t we know the damage that man is capable of doing? Yet the Republican leadership still supports bipartisanship, and their definition of bipartisanship is giving Obama more power.
Our republic is unraveling before our eyes, but too many Republicans still want to be seen as reasonable. What is reasonable about letting greedy and power-hungry politicians trash our Constitution and pretending the solution is bipartisanship? If we all trash the Constitution, is that going to make it okay?
How come “reasonable” Republicans keep getting reelected? What is your Congressman’s voting record? Do you need to replace him? When are you going to get to work?
Politics is invariably messy. So I had to hunt through a mess to find out how the House voted on giving the president fast-track authority for the trade bill.
Here is a link to the critical vote. This CNN article, Democrats reject Obama on trade, provides some background. Why is the bill a mess? The Senate attached the Trade Act of 2015 to H.R.1314, a bill that has nothing to do with trade, and the Senate stuck The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 in H.R.644. H.R.644 passed, but H.R.1314 did not. H.R.1314, unfortunately, is not exactly dead. The leadership won a vote to reconsider the bill. So now the clowns have to figure out how to pass the bill and still look like they are against it.