President Obama continues to feel the heat from fellow party members.
Right now, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand criticized Obama for failing to show leadership on the fight against military sex crimes, saying he didn’t reside up to his December 2013 guarantee to force an overhaul of the Defense Department’s judicial method if it didn’t make progress inside a year.
“A year has extended passed and we haven’t observed the type of alterations that we have to have.” Gillibrand said. “I do not think they are taking the problem as seriously as they really should and they really should not be resisting the professionalization of the military justice technique.”
She made these remarks right after the Senate voted down an amendment she sponsored that would alter the way sexual assault is prosecuted in the military, removing it from the military justice chain of command.
Gillibrand’s public, Democrat-vs-Democrat rebuke comes just days immediately after Obama’s major ally and House democratic leader Nancy Pelosi delivered a stinging blow to the administration by voting against two related trade bills.
Pelosi had been noticed as a silent ally to Obama and Republicans running the Property in promoting Obama’s trade agenda, although she kept her position secret till the end of Friday’s debate, when she stunned observers by saying she would vote against the bills.
Pelosi mentioned her opposition was to win a broader fight. “Our men and women would rather have a job than trade assistance,” she stated, adding that that though she supported a bill to assistance workers who lost their job simply because of foreign trade, she opposed quickly-track legislation — which would allow the president to negotiate trade offers with limited Congressional interference — which prevented her from supporting the bills in the Property from going forward.
“I will be voting now to slow down the Quick Track, to get a improved deal for the American individuals — larger paychecks, greater infrastructure, assistance the American folks fulfill the American dream,” she explained.
Soon after Pelosi’s bombshell, intra-party resistance to Obama’s trade efforts continued as Hilary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner in the 2016 presidential election, appeared to back the Democratic leader more than President Obama. Although Clinton produced no specific statement on her position, she did mention Pelosi’s efforts to challenge Obama’s no cost trade deal negotiations twice.
“The president should listen to and work with his allies in Congress, starting with Nancy Pelosi, who have expressed their concerns about the impact a weak agreement would have on our workers, to make positive we get the finest, strongest deal attainable,” Clinton mentioned. “And if we do not get it, there ought to be no deal.”
Currently in the Senate, Gillibrand’s amendment failed, but Democratic opposition to President Obama on trade, military sexual assault and other concerns is likely to continue.