Senate Republicans continued to press the White House today to send to Congress the trade deals for South Korea, Columbia and Panama, criticizing President Obama’s trade policy as “schizophrenic.”
“This schizophrenic trade policy is doing nothing but hurting American workers and undermining our recovery,” U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said on the Senate floor today. “Under no circumstance should these trade agreements be held up.”
The Obama administration has indicated that they will not submit legislation on these trade agreements until a deal is reached on the TAA – the Trade Adjustment Assistance, a now-retired jobs program for laid-off workers.
“At a time when 14 million Americans are looking for work, they actually want to hold off on these known job-creating agreements in exchange for a green light to spend more money,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor, “It’s astonishing.”
Republicans are calling for these two issues –the trade deals and the TAA — to be dealt with “separately and independently,” in order to move ahead with the long-stalled trade deals. Read more here.
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Free the Free Trade Agreements (Washington Post)