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Obama, House Democrats Set for Clash on Asia Trade Pact

By    |   Friday, 24 Apr 2015 06:22 AM

House Democrats are slated to clash with President Barack Obama on trade promotion authority after a House panel passed a measure regarding just that on Thursday.

According to CNN, the House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation that would allow Obama to negotiate trade bills and then send them to Congress for a vote without amendments. Last week, congressional leaders granted Obama "fast track" authority that pertains to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) bill, a piece of trade legislation involving 12 Asia-Pacific countries.

Following Thursday's approval, the legislation will next land on the House floor for debate — and Democrats are not in line with the president on this one.

Democrats say trade agreements come at the cost of American jobs. According to CNN, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that's all she's concerned about.

"Is what is being put forth better to — than the status quo? In some cases, yes; in some cases, no," Pelosi said. "But ... weighing all of those equities, what does it come down to for increasing the paycheck of American workers?"

Obama, however, defended trade bills and said those opposed to them because they allegedly kill American jobs "don't know what they're talking about."

"When people say these trade deals are bad for working families, they don't know what they're talking about. I take that personally," Obama said, reports CNN.

"I've been talking about reversing income inequality and social mobility since before it was cool. I've got a bunch of people now talking about inequality. But back then they sure weren't.

"Back then, people were saying I was preaching class warfare. Now suddenly it's their campaign platforms."

Republicans generally support the TPP trade legislation, which sets up an awkward showdown in Congress: Obama and the Republicans on one side, and Democrats on the other.

Obama said Thursday Democrats should be on his side.

"America needs to write the rules of the global economy," Obama said, according to USA Today. "We can't leave it to somebody else.

"We need to do everything we can to help workers compete," he said. "I believe in what I'm doing here."

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