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Sat Jun 13, 2015, 05:14 PM


Did Blumenauer really vote FOR the TPP?

Looks like Wyden did vote FOR it. And I saw that Blumenauer was one
of the 'hold outs' or some such, could have gone either way.

How did he finally vote?

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Sat Jun 13, 2015, 05:18 PM

1. Yes he did. He voted for TPA and TAA but against the Customs bill


Rep. Blumenauer Statement on TPA, TAA and Customs Legislation

Washington, DC – Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statements on H.R. 1314, the Trade Act of 2015, and H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, voted on in the House today.

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA):

“Real progress was made to establish the progressive framework we need for future trade agreements. Trade done right is important to the Oregon economy and critical to creating more jobs here at home and increasing value for consumers.

“The TPA passed today will pull back the curtain and deliver unprecedented transparency in trade negotiations. For the first time in history, it will require that all future trade deals promote human rights, workers’ rights and include stronger and fully enforceable environmental protections. Through TPA, Oregon will not only be able to export more of its products, but also its values.”

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA):

“The failure of TAA was Congress at its worst. American workers hurt by trade rely on TAA to gain the training and skills they need to adapt and thrive. This important program has historically received broad Democratic support. In fact, 125 Democrats voted for a shorter, weaker TAA package in 2011. But today, political gamesmanship within our party won out over substance.

"I voted for this TAA package because the policy was right. I am hopeful we will find a path forward. When considered again next week, I urge my colleagues to look at the merits of the program, and not for opportunities to score points.”

Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act:

“I voted no on H.R. 644. This bill should be about helping American businesses export more with greater efficiency, and enhancing our ability to hold foreign trade cheats accountable. Instead, it cuts corners on what matters most to America’s exporters and those undercut by bad actors abroad. It gives special attention to the fringe paranoia of the Republican caucus. The bill includes harmful language on immigration, climate change, short efforts to deal with human trafficking and currency, and reverses longstanding U.S. policy towards Israel and settlements.

“I want to support a customs bill because trade is critical to my state of Oregon, and increased efficiency at the border and enforcement abroad is a win-win for everyone. This bill is unseemly politics, with destructive concessions to the majority party’s fringe elements and little accommodation for those of us willing to engage, working to create a stronger trade package.

“There is still a chance to get this right. I’m hopeful that through the conference process, the harmful provisions will fall off. I will also work to ensure my legislation that was included in the Senate-passed bill that would allow the United States to more effectively enforce and implement its trade agreements to bolster environmental protections – Green 301 and STRONGER Acts – will remain in the final package. As I work for that outcome, I will reserve final judgment on the package completed.”

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Response to neverforget (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 13, 2015, 05:37 PM

2. Damn. That just sucks. Thank you for the info nt


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Response to neverforget (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:49 AM

3. It's a shame... Oregon Democrats could be proud of what they did in the 2014 elections...


... when they increased majorities in the state houses and winning both senate and governor races. But since that time it hasn't been just having Kitzhaber step down, but their horrible votes on Fast Track that reverses this outcome.

Suzanne Bonamici, my congresswoman joined Blumenauer in voting for this mess, and as much as I tried to stop it with various activities the last few weeks, they still did so.

Unless Wyden shows some leadership back in the Senate to shut down Fast Track when it comes to them without TAA in it (which would serve as a good excuse for him to do so!), I think this would be a good time for Pete DeFazio to show the leadership as our one strong Democratic congress person and run against Wyden for the Senate seat in 2016. If he were to win that seat, it not only would help us get a better senator, but it would hopefully send a message to the rest of our Democratic Party congressional delegation that Oregonians likes what DeFazio is doing now, and the rest of you bums... NOT SO MUCH!!!!

We should lobby DeFazio to do this. I think I might send him some money that I also will give to Jeff Merkley in a few weeks for his summer picnic later in the coming weeks, and attach a note that I'm going to donate money to the only two federal congress people that I feel are doing their job, and want him to use that money to run for Senate in 2016!

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Sun Jun 14, 2015, 06:27 AM

4. Wyden and Blumenauer both need primary challenges in '16-they're past their "sell-by" dates.


There's got to be some good labor Dems in Earl's district...as for the Senate, it's time for DeFazio to make his move.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 15, 2015, 07:39 PM

5. If TAA gets voted down tomorrow and TPA goes back to the Senate...


... that is the last chance for Wyden in my book.

I think he'd have a chance to put lipstick on a pig and lead the Senate in to voting it down there.

He could have a good excuse to do so by saying something like:

"Well, I negotiated to have TAA included in this bill to help workers. If it is no longer a part of this TPA bill, then I no longer can support it, and I urge other Democrats to do the same."

If he were to do that and shut down the TPA in the Senate and therfore in effect KILL it and force TPP to be negotiated the way normal trade treaties are, then I could say that I'd reconsider supporting him in the Senate. But if he doesn't do that, and if ultimately he helps it go back to the House where it gets passed again (without the TAA as well), then it is time for DeFazio to step up and primary him.

If it goes back to the Senate, we should all call his office and recommend this course of action to him, so that he won't be able to play dumb later, and if he does respond to us and do as we ask, then he'll have gotten my respect again.

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