Why House Democrats Might Kill Obama’s Big Trade Deal
Posted: 01/11/2014 2:44 pm EST | Updated: 01/12/2014 11:04 am EST
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s international trade agenda is dead in the water if he doesn’t do a better job engaging with Democrats in Congress, and his administration appears to be getting that message, Democrats said Friday.
Congressional Democrats have often been frustrated by his lack of attention to their concerns, but they’ve been especially disturbed lately that in his grand pivot to Asia and push for a 12-nation trade pact dubbed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, they and the rest of Congress largely have been cut out of negotiations.
“We want transparency. We want to see what’s going on there,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters. “We have a problem with that.”
As a result, many Democrats fear the actual terms of the deal do not reflect traditional Democratic Party policy priorities.