NPR: U.S. House buys six weeks for TPP

Posted by Soledad Vega on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 10:07

Yesterday the U.S. House voted to give itself six more weeks to sort out Obama's trade agenda. It's now more important than ever that we speak out against the TPP, a secretive, internet-censoring deal that would break our digital future. Tell Trade Ministers not to censor the Internet at StoptheSecrecy.net

Article by Marilyn Geewax for NPR

This afternoon, the U.S. House voted 236 to 189 to give itself six more weeks to sort out tangled legislation involving trade.

The House Republican leaders prodded their members to approve a rule change that extends time for a second vote on one part of a trade package. This portion, called Trade Adjustment Assistance, failed on Friday.

That outcome tripped up the entire package, which also would have granted Trade Promotion Authority to the president. Now lawmakers have until July 30 — just before the August recess — to try to find compromises to pass the entire package and get it to President Obama for his signature.

When that second vote might happen is far from clear at this point. Democrats were virtually united in opposing the six-week extension to reconsider the matter, even though that's what Obama wanted.

Our original post continues.

Even by the standards of gridlocked, intrigue-filled Washington, today's House vote to keep the trade agenda alive will be exceptionally complicated. But it's important to businesses and unions, so please hang with us.

To understand what's happening at about 1:15 pm ET, when the House is expected to hold a procedural vote to buy time to reach agreement on trade, let's retrace the steps that led us here.

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