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That’s Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) in this Republican address making the case for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), important legislation to make sure the president makes good trade agreements – and stop him if he doesn’t.
Here are a few highlights of what’s in the address:
- The Hill reports that “House Republicans called top-priority trade legislation the ‘key to restarting America’s trade engine’… Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), delivering the GOP’s weekly address, framed the measure as a win for Congress in an explicit rebuke of President Obama. ‘Some of the right oppose [this bill] because they don’t trust the president and his history of executive overreach,’ McClintock said. ‘Well, I don’t trust him either. That’s why I support this bill. Without it, he can negotiate anything he wants. Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) binds him to the will of Congress before the agreement is reached.’”
- According to Newsmax, “McClintock allows that the bill has critics on both sides of the aisle, noting, for example, ‘some on the right oppose it because they don’t trust the president and his history of executive overreach.’ ‘Well, I don’t trust him either," he said. ‘That’s why I support this bill. Without it, he can negotiate anything he wants. Trade Promotion Authority binds him to the will of Congress before the agreement is reached.’ McClintock adds: ‘I’m particularly concerned about illegal immigration. This bill forbids the president from making any changes to our laws, including our immigration laws.’”
- From ABC News Radio: “As such, the congressman explains, ‘If -- and only if -- he meets Congress' objectives, will Congress then agree -- not necessarily to pass the agreement -- but only to vote on it after the American people have had their say.’ ‘I am tired of years of economic stagnation, of watching our country marginalized, and of an administration that often operates in direct defiance of Congress and the American people.’ McClintock says. ‘This bill is a giant step to solving these problems.’”
Learn more about TPA by checking out this list of 10 things TPA is and isn’t about.