With just two days before Friday’s crucial House vote to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is sending mixed signals some believe indicates she will oppose the measure. For much of the year, Rep. Pelosi has publicly stated she was looking to find a compromise solution with the GOP that will allow the president to obtain TPA. This special authority is believed to be critical towards the president securing a deal in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest trade treaty in world history.
In the Senate, Democrat opposition to TPA was overcome by passing a set of companion bills that at least superficially address possible flaws in the TPP free-trade agreement. One of the most important bills to Democrats was a program to provide new job training to Americans whose jobs get shipped overseas as a result of TPP. Funding for the job training program was paid for via cuts to Medicare.
The folks at TechCrunch.com noted to Skout users that while House Democrats are similarly demanding passage of the job training program, they refuse to accept the Medicare cuts as the funding source. In particular, they are fearful the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) will run attack ads against them saying they voted to cut Medicare. Aside from those concerns, Rep. Pelosi wants to see the House vote on the job training bill before a vote on TPA. She also wants assurances the Senate will take up consideration of their version of the job training bill. Some insiders are suggesting that she may already be signaling to House Democrats to oppose the deal altogether and vote against TPA.