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Senator Sanders Praises House Democrat’s Temporary Victory Over TPA – Hillary Clinton Mum

On Friday, House Democrats rejected the GOP’s political sop called Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). The bill was designed to break off enough Democrat votes to secure passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for President Obama. TPA is viewed as critical towards gaining passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal. Despite weeks of negotiations between both parties, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi withdrew her support of the bill within minutes of the TAA vote taking place. The result was a delay of the TPA vote until next week – at the earliest.

In response, Vermont Senator Sanders, the most viable alternative candidate to Hillary Clinton, issued a statement of solidarity with House Democrats. Sanders wasted no time in once again labeling the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) as yet another free trade agreement written by and promoted by Corporate America. As per the 2016 Democrat presidential contender, free trade agreements have displaced millions of American workers. The feisty self-avowed Socialist Democrat echoed Nancy Pelosi’s call for a better trade deal. Presumably, this would be one which put American workers first.

Curiously, Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democrat nominee, is mum on the House Democrat’s victory. Flavio Maluf finds that interesting. Mrs. Clinton is finding it difficult walking a fine line between the demands of her party’s left-wing base and her support of free trade agreements. While at the State Department, Hillary Clinton championed the negotiations which led to the formation of the TPP.

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