President Obama showed up to their baseball game, invited them on Air Force 1 and visited Capitol Hill in an try to win Democrats’ votes for his important trade agenda.
But the president’s charm offensive wasn’t enough to convince Home Democrats to approve the deal right now, leaving its fate uncertain heading into subsequent week.
Of the trade package that cleared the Senate, the Property narrowly passed Trade Promotion Authority, which provides the president higher authority to negotiate a trade deal with Pacific-rim nations. But the passage of Trade Adjustment Assistance, an help plan for workers displaced by global trade, was scuttled in a 126-to-302 vote, with a lot of Democrats hoping a “nay” vote could force a new trade deal on their terms.
The TAA’s “defeat is the only way we will be able to slow down the quickly track,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, stated on the floor moments just before today’s vote.
But with TPA’s passage and a second vote on the TAA scheduled for early next week, Democrats do not have the exact same leverage they enjoyed before today’s House vote, according to Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas.
“The hostage that some people today believed they had is gone,” stated Cuellar, one particular of the handful of Democrats who supported each measures. “The only point remaining on the table is [the worker help system].”
Republicans supplied 86 votes for the TAA, a measure several in the party opposed. Party leaders recommended following the vote that the burden is on Democrats to provide the 91 lacking votes required to pass the measure.
“The president’s got to work with his celebration to come up with the votes to pass TAA,” said Residence Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana. “You saw a truly sturdy showing nowadays of Republicans combined with absolutely free-trade Democrats.”
“If I was the Democrats, I’d seriously rethink a thing this weekend,” added Property Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California.
In a statement immediately after the votes, Obama mentioned the House’s inaction on the worker plan “will directly hurt about one hundred,000 workers and their communities if these Members of Congress do not reconsider.”
But with tepid help for the measure amongst Democratic leadership and rank-and-file, how will Obama gin up help more than the weekend?
“Lots and lots of phone calls,” Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, mentioned soon after today’s vote.