U.S. Republicans aim to hold a vote on Friday on legislation key to President Barack Obama’s signature Pacific trade pact after reaching a deal with Democrats on funding to help workers who lose their jobs due to trade deals.
How can Congress approve a bill that loses jobs and then make it OKAY by putting unemployment benefits in it?
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House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged both parties to back legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress in a vote his office confirmed would be this week.
“Trade votes are never an easy lift around here, but Republicans are continuing to work, and we’re seeing some positive momentum in the right direction,” Boehner said after a closed-door meeting with fellow Republican lawmakers.
Leaving the meeting, Representative Adam Kinzinger said the aim was for a vote on Friday, but the vote would be close. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said he was “comfortable” the measure had enough backing.
Some Republicans want concessions from the White House before pledging support for the bill, allowing lawmakers to set negotiating objectives for trade deals like the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership but preventing changes to the final agreement. Most of Obama’s Democrats oppose it.
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