Trade Nonsense

International trade is quite controversial these days. Republicans are split, Democrats are divided, and the President is in agreement with many of the Republicans in Congress (who would have thought). Hopefully this simple table helps clarify the matter.


Notes: The Hill was the primary source for the basic details described in the table. It was  Republican Jeff Sessions, however, who argued the trade deal will create an international commission that will undercut key congressional powers.

Update: Thirty-eight senators and over two hundred members of the House of Representatives opposed the TPA. Numerous behind-the-scenes deals allowed the TPA to pass. A bill designed to minimize the TPP’s expected effects on American workers (TAA) and the continent Africa was more popular. Perhaps more importantly, the TPP is still being negotiated.


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