Debate on Fast Track TPA Ended in Senate: McConnell Wins

Unfortunately, so does Emperor Barry.  By a 62-38 margin, Mitch McConnell was able to get cloture on debate of the Trade Promotion Authority bill in the Senate today, according to this post at RCP.  From the RCP article:

The chamber voted, 62-38, to end debate on Trade Promotion Authority, which would allow Obama to submit trade deals to Congress for an up-or-down vote without the ability to add amendments. The TPA legislation is considered a key step for Obama in negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership – a trade agreement between the U.S. and nearly a dozen other nations. Until Thursday, the fate of TPA in the Senate was uncertain.

I’ve been talking about this subject for a couple of weeks, and it’s been like watching a train wreck. See here, here, and here.  Look, y’all…..if Mitch McConnell thinks this is a good plan, then it’s enough for me to know that it’s really, really bad for the country.  I know, I’m biased against McConnell.  Do y’all blame me, seriously?  Still, there’s a little hope.  From RCP:

With the cloture vote now behind them, senators must reach an agreement over amendments, with a vote on the final passage of the TPA legislation expected sometime Friday. Its fate in the House, however, which is likely to consider trade sometime next month, is much less certain.

So, we have to trust in the clear-eyed leadership of John Boehner.  Remember, I said there was a little hope.  Very little.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 16:  U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to members of the media during a news briefing April 16, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans had their weekly Policy Luncheon to discuss Republican agendas.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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