A Traitor in Training?
- Not being a member of Congress, Scott Walker could easily have danced around answering questions on Obamatrade. Instead Walker came out in favor of the corrupt Obamatrade bill that he did not read. I am running out of candidates I could support.
(Breitbart News) - Despite staying largely silent on the issue—he’s quietly supported it for weeks, but hasn’t said anything at all in quite a long time—Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker crossed most conservatives by coming out in support of Obamatrade on Thursday evening in an interview with Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin.
Walker, Bloomberg’s Halperin and John McCormick wrote, “expressed agreement with President Barack Obama on the pressing issue of fast-track trade legislation.”
“Walker said he supports giving Obama the authority to submit trade agreements to Congress for an expedited, up-or-down vote without amendments,” they wrote, before quoting Walker himself.
“If we don’t go down this path, we’re going to be at a competitive disadvantage, and so I think it just makes sense,” Walker said.
“At the same time, like many Republicans who support granting the trade authority recent past presidents have had, Walker said the deal would allow the Republican-controlled Congress to review Obama’s actions,” the Bloomberg reporters wrote.
“If this president were to give them a bad deal, they should hold him accountable and vote it down,” Walker added. “They have every right to do that under the proposal.”
But Congress would be limited in its ability to act. Granting Obama fast-track authority lowers vote the vote threshold in the Senate so a deal could pass with 51 votes, rather than 60 needed to block a filibuster. And without amendments, there’s really no way to stop it in the Senate. In fact, throughout the history of fast-track with trade deals, no trade deal has ever been stopped by Congress after it started on fast-track.
Walker didn’t in this interview—at least not in the part that Bloomberg published—discuss whether or not he believes it’s acceptable for the president to continue keeping the text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) portion of Obamatrade that Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) would fast track hidden from the American people in the basement of the U.S. Capitol in a secret room.
Since Walker is not a member of Congress, there is no way he could have read the text of the deal before making these comments.
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