TPP: Thanks to ‘Weak-Kneed’ Dems, Fast Track Heads Back to Senate Floor

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Following what some called a “humiliating defeat” on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) reached a compromise on Fast Track Wednesday afternoon. (Photo: Reuters)

CommonDreams, May 14, 2015

Following Tuesday’s victory, Obama turned up the heat, calling resistant lawmakers to the White House and taking ‘the unusual step of releasing a list of which senators attended’

Having reached a compromise to advance the White House’s corporate-friendly trade agenda, the U.S. Senate will on Thursday vote for a second time on whether to open debate¬†about granting President Barack Obama Fast Track authority to negotiate pending and future trade deals.

This time, thanks to “cosmetic concessions offered to the weak-kneed Democrats,” as one writer put it, the measure is expected to pass.

After Democrats stymied a Fast Track vote on Tuesday, Obama reportedly turned up the heat, calling resistant lawmakers to the White House and taking “the unusual step of releasing a list of which senators attended,” according to Politico.

Citing attendees at that meeting, Politico¬†reports that the president’s “message was clear: You need to figure out how to get over this filibuster and send me the Trade Promotion Authority bill to sign as fast as you can.”

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