The Hill: McConnell vows to pass trade bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday vowed to pass fast-track trade legislation before the Memorial Day recess, brushing aside calls for a prolonged floor debate on amendments. [Reposted from The Hill  |  Vicki Needham and Jordain Carney  |  May 18, 2015] “I want to be very clear … the Senate will finish its work…

NYT: The Mis-selling of TPP

One of the great blog posts of all time was from Daniel Davies, who declared — apropos of Iraq — that [Reposted from The New York Times  |  Paul Krugman  |  May 19, 2015] Good ideas do not need lots of lies told about them in order to gain public acceptance. It’s a good dictum;…

Morici: The Poverty of Obama’s Foreign Policy

President Obama has proclaimed Hillary Clinton an effective Secretary of State. All along, it must have been the plan for Russia to seize the eastern Ukraine, Beijing to build airstrips and assert sovereignty over international shipping lanes in the South China Sea, and Iran to have nuclear weapons capabilities. [Reposted from the blog of Peter…

WTO Orders U.S. to Gut U.S. Consumer Country-of-Origin Meat Labeling Policy, Further Complicating Obama Fast Track Push by Spotlighting How Trade Pacts Can Undermine U.S. Consumer, Environmental Policies

For Immediate Release:  May 18, 2015                                                  Contact: Symone Sanders (202) 454-5108, [email protected]; Lori Wallach (202) 454-5107, [email protected] WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today’s final ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body against popular U.S. country-of-origin meat labeling (COOL) policy spotlights how trade agreements can undermine domestic public interest policies, Public Citizen said today. The WTO…

Politico: GOP: Business lobby blowing it on trade

Frustration is mounting among GOP leaders that Big Business is getting outfoxed by Big Labor. Top House Republicans believe the business community is blowing its chance to clinch a trade deal. [Reposted from Politico  |  Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman  |  May 18, 2015] Unlike unions, they say, Big Business advocates aren’t flooding Capitol phone…