Obama Signs Internationalist Trade Legislation; Enablers Boehner, McConnell Fail to Show at White House Celebration

President Obama signed hard-fought trade legislation Monday, thanking Republican leaders who helped get it done and saying the package will “reinforce America’s leadership role in the world.”

“I think it’s fair to say that getting these bills through Congress has not been easy,” Mr. Obama said as he signed the trade bills into law in the East Room. “They’ve been declared dead more than once.”

The two major pieces of legislation grant Mr. Obama “fast track” trade-promotion authority, which allows the president to negotiate a deal and submit it to Congress for an up-or-down vote without the chance for amendments, and expand aid for American workers who lose their jobs due to foreign competition. Members of both parties attended the bill-signing ceremony, although Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky did not, with Congress on its Independence Day recess.

The trade-promotion authority measure is arguably the biggest legislative victory of the president’s second term, and will help Mr. Obama conclude negotiations with Japan and 10 other countries on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the centerpiece of his economic agenda. The House and Senate approved both measures last week after House Democrats, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, temporarily derailed the package . . .

The president said trade-promotion authority isn’t “the end of the road” for his efforts, noting that negotiations for the massive TPP are still unfinished. Trading partners have been waiting to see whether Congress granted Mr. Obama the authority to negotiate an agreement that won’t be subject to amendments later. (Read more from “Obama Signs Internationalist Trade Legislation; Boehner, McConnell Miss White House Event” HERE)

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  • bobwhite

    Aiding and abetting is a more appropiate description for those two back shooting
    traitors.

  • wandamurline

    Their is NO representation in Washington anymore….from the legislative, executive and judicial branches….they are all in it for the money and power. I am completely pissed at all of them, save a few who actually do their damn jobs according to our laws and Constitution. I pray everyday for Obama’s demise…I keep hoping he will get struck by lightning.

  • johnwlooper

    I feel betrayed by these two RINO’s.
    I’ll never support them or any other RINO who voted for that miserable piece of legislation.

  • Daninfla6th

    Hey, as long as Reid and Pelosi were there, it is the same as if McConnell and Boehner were there.
    McConnell/Boehner=Reid/Pelosi= Progressives ALL.

  • c69101

    boehner and mcconnell are Two very big piles of chicken sh*t!

    • kunling

      Humongous!!