Congressman Jim Bridenstine Votes to Preserve the Power of Congress
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Today, the House voted on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. I voted no, but TPA passed by a 218 -- 208 vote.
TPA requires Members of Congress to give up their right to amend, delay, change, or otherwise slow down consideration of trade agreements negotiated by the President. The Obama Administration has an abysmal record of negotiating agreements with foreign nations. It has an equally abysmal record of overriding Congress and taking unconstitutional actions too numerous to list. We cannot trust this President with an up-or-down vote without amendments or filibuster.
While I support free trade, Congress should have waited until we get a new President before taking up TPA.