Many think our government is for sale. By taking a look at the facts provided by the Federal Election Commission, it is easy to understand where they are coming from.
Looking back just a few weeks ago, the Senate voted on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), the controversial bill that gives power to the executive branch to negotiate treaties. Fast Track/TPA limit’s Congress’ ability to better a trade deal by subjecting members of Congress to 90 days of reviewing the trade agreement, prohibiting any amendments on the implementing legislation, and giving them an up or down vote. The first round began early in May when TPA was blocked. Many Democrats stood together, a rare picture, and voted against TPA from even being debated. However, 48 hours later, and the TPA bill came back and passed cloture. What happened in those 48 hours that changed the minds of those opponents so easily?
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