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It’s here:  The sellout.  By certain GOP leaders to give the President the fast-track (generally no ability to amend – yes or no vote – laden with pork and tax breaks to get enough votes to win) authority to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (and maybe a trade pact with the EU, too!) – yes the sovereignty-killing TPP!

Here’s the NY Times story.  Highlights:

Key congressional leaders agreed on Thursday on legislation to give President Obama special authority to finish negotiating one of the world’s largest trade accords, opening a rare battle that aligns the president with Republicans against a broad coalition of Democrats.


The deal was struck by Senators Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, the Finance Committee chairman; Ron Wyden of Oregon, the committee’s ranking Democrat; and Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. It would give Congress the power to vote on the more encompassing 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership once it is completed, but would deny lawmakers the chance to amend what would be the largest trade deal since the North American Free Trade Agreement of 1994, which President Bill Clinton pushed through Congress despite opposition from labor and other Democratic constituencies.


But a sizable minority of Republicans — especially in the House — are reluctant to give the president authority to do anything substantive. Whether Republican leaders can get their troops in line, and how Mr. Obama can round up enough Democratic votes, might be the biggest legislative question of the year.

Mr. Reichert, the Republican lawmaker, said 20 or fewer Democrats currently support the measure in the House; last year, House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said he would need 50.

It’s now time to contact your two Senators (yes, it’s probably a waste of time but do it) and your representative.  I have already let the communications director for Cong. Brat know my thoughts on it.

Here’s good reading on the TPP:

Sandy agrees with Sen. Elizabeth Warren on TPP

TPP is a sovereignty-killer and don’t take my word for it – take the word of this liberal groupAnd these liberals, tooAnd read this, as well.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Robert Shannon

    No one would argue the force behind this proposed agreement is the multi-national corporations that want it. No one would argue the money these multi nationals spend on K street buying the very representatives sent to DC to represent their constituents doesn’t impact ultimately their votes.

    Unless and until you have the money removed/curtailed, or enforceable term limits we will not resolve these disputes.

    International Treaties of any kind were to be settled and voted on by the U.S. Senate, our founders were clear about that, and it is how it worked for the first 200 or so years. What better way, much like they have done with the Imperial Presidency, and the powerful federal agencies than to just side step Congress to get the deal done. ” Can’t blame me, I didn’t vote for this”

    It allows what we so often hear from members of Congress today when we buttonhole them, ” That’s the E.P.A, or that’s because of the Patriot Act, or HHS, etc etc etc. It allows the deals to get done this way , without their fingerprints on anything.

    Integrity exists among perhaps a dozen or so out of the entire 535 of them up there. The rest of them are bought and paid for by either their respective party establishments ( if you want to move up you’ll do this”—or directly from their corporate paymasters) Either way the decline rolls on.

    Ask this one question. If the rule of law still existed, and if the members of Congress had any Integrity( noted exceptions aside) Obama would not have finished his second year, he would have been impeached for any number of clearly impeachable offenses.

    Peaceful resolution is fading fast. Either some sort of economic calamity ( perhaps Congress has forgotten the downgrade of U.S Treasuries a few years ago ) or the unintended consequences of our current foreign policy , something will trigger the unraveling of domestic events here to the extent that sets off very bad circumstances for the American people. Remember Jefferson’s words.

    Bob Shannon

    • Gene Lefty says:

      Nothing gets fixed in this country without campaign finance and PAC reform. It’s all crooked and about the cabbage. The only answer is for the people to repent.

      We have had this conversation in the past. I have been very consistent. How much tax does business pay with HR25? Coincidence? I hardly think so.

  2. Steven Brodie Tucker

    I spoke with Congressman Brat about this very issue and I still can’t believe it. The Republican Establishment appears to want to manufacture a dictatorial executive. It’s crazy.

  3. Steven Brodie Tucker

    He said, essentially, that Congress was giving the President more authority over trade agreements and that it’ll put all the free trade republicans in an awful situation since these trade deals are important to US businesses. So if they oppose the bill, they are anti trade, and if they vote for it, then they are for increased, nearly unlimited executive power over trade agreements. It’s a lose lose.


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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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