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Vote on Fast Track Scheduled for Thursday Morning
House to Also Debate "Death Panels" in Obamacare Tomorrow, too.
"Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted; State a proposal, but it will not stand, For God is with us." (Isaiah 8:10)
" . . . in wrath remember mercy." (Habakkuk 3:2)
House Leader Announces Vote on Trade Act Tomorrow
We thank all of you for tracking the progress (or the demise) of this bill with us this week.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has just announced that debate will begin tomorrow morning (Thursday, June 18) at 10:00 a.m. for one hour, about the bill sited below, with voting to follow. During that one hour, members will be able to offer one-minute speeches, debating whether to pass this Amendment to the trade bill already passed in the Senate.
During that hour, to quote the House Majority Leader, members will consider the following:
Concur in the Senate Amendment with an Amendment to H.R. 2146 - Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan / Ways and Means Committee)
Below please find several articles of interest regarding this debate. Thank you.
> > > To view the leader's announcement, please go here.
More about tomorrow's vote
More about tomorrow's vote:
From Phyllis Schafly; Eagle Forum
June 17, 2015
Although the failure of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) was a setback for the President's trade package (see below), Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is attempting to hold another vote on Trade Promotion Authority (fast-track) tomorrow, Thursday, June 18th. If this vote succeeds, TPA will go back to the Senate for another vote before heading to the president's desk.
Please call your representative and tell him or her to vote NO on TPA when it comes up on Thursday.
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Why the TPP is Being Kept Secret
Why the TPP is Being Kept Secret:
No Wonder Obama Won't Let Us Read TPP
By Phyllis Schafly, Eagle Forum
On Friday, Congress disrupted President Obama's plan for a sweeping transfer of U.S. sovereignty to an unaccountable group of foreign busybodies. Hurray for the stalwart Americans who resisted the demands of Obama, the Republican leadership, and the big-donor claque, but Speaker Boehner plans to give Congress another chance this week to make this dangerous mistake.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would turn over to globalists the power to issue regulations about U.S. trade, immigration, the environment, labor and commerce. It's called a "living agreement" which means the globalists can amend and change the text of the so-called agreement after it has gone into effect.
. . . Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has frankly warned about this giveaway of U.S. sovereignty. Not only would Congress give up its powers to negotiate and write the terms of a treaty, but Congress also gives up its power to debate and amend the deal, to apply a cloture vote in the Senate, and to require a two-thirds vote in the Senate.
The secrecy wrapped around TPP is appallingly un-American. Whatever happened to Obama's promise of "transparency"? TPP was negotiated and agreed to by Obama's trade representative and a bunch of foreigners in a secret room, and the American people are not allowed to know the details until after it's a done deal.
> > > PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ARTICLE BY GOING HERE.
Reviewing Last Week's News
TAA Fails - TPA Passes
June 12, 2015
Today, the House of Representatives considered two controversial trade related bills, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), that would empower President Obama to finish massive "free trade" agreements, namely the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
The complicated vote series left the fate of the package up in the air. First came the vote for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). This ineffective and wasteful government program supposedly helps workers who lose their jobs due to foreign trade; in reality, it's a bribe to garner Democrat support for trade.
Most Democrats voted against TAA in an effort to kill the whole trade package, and most Republicans opposed TAA as useless government spending. That left 86 Republicans who voted yes, either in support of more government spending or out of total commitment to moving President Obama's top current legislative priority, TPA.
(Source: Eagle Forum)
House, Senate Republican leaders pledge to pass trade bill, worker aid measure
WASHINGTON (AP) - House, Senate Republican leaders pledge to pass trade bill, worker aid measure. (Reported by CNSNews. No text)
From The Hill
Obama, GOP revive fast-track bill
President Obama and GOP leaders in both chambers are inching toward a deal to save the White House trade agenda.
Republican leaders announced the House will vote Thursday on giving Obama fast-track authority, less than a week after a failed vote left the president's agenda in tatters.
Obama and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) both sought to win over pro-trade Democrats, Boehner holding a meeting with House Democrats on Tuesday and Obama conferencing with pro-trade Senate Democrats at the White House on Wednesday.
Boehner, Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are seeking to persuade them to buy into the plan crafted by GOP leaders to save fast-track, also known as trade promotion authority (TPA), which would allow the White House to complete a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal under negotiation.
Under the plan, Congress would first approve fast-track and later deal with legislation granting aid to workers displaced by trade, a program known as Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).
"We are committed to ensuring both TPA and TAA get votes in the House and Senate and are sent to the president for signature," Boehner and McConnell pledged in a joint statement Wednesday afternoon.
The tricky part is that pro-trade Democrats in the House and Senate would need to support fast-track on the promise that the TAA bill would be dealt with later.
The White House and GOP leaders see decoupling TAA and fast-track as the best way to turn the total package into law. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we lift up our petition before the Court of Heaven and ask that any deceptive and destructive plans which are being promoted by the executive branch to Congress relating to this bill, which endangers our national sovereignty, be exposed and destroyed. We take the Blood Bought Cross of Jesus Christ and hammer it down through this bill as it comes before Congress Thursday morning, causing the TPA and the TAA and all related bills to be destroyed. We beg for mercy, Father, repenting deeply for our sins and the sins of our nation which have allowed this destructive plan to be promoted. We offer this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen and Amen.
- "For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light." (Luke 8:17)
"Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; though they join forces, none will go unpunished." (Proverbs 16:5)
Also: House Debates Death Panel
Also: House Debates Death Panel
Now that Democrats have had five years to read the health care law, most of them agree with the GOP: we need to kill at least part of the bill -- before it kills Americans! The Independent Payment Advisory Panel (or "death panel," as it's been dubbed) has been a major sticking point with both parties since ObamaCare passed. Among other things, IPAB would be responsible for keeping Medicare costs down, which sounds innocent enough. But the big controversy isn't whether IPAB should save money -- but how it does.
As the former chief of Medicare said, it's much cheaper for the government to let sick people die than care for them. So, the President's team invented this Board, which would be hand-picked by the White House to determine who is worthy of care and who isn't. Not only would IPAB be free of congressional oversight, but it would also operate without much input from health care providers. Instead of discussing the options with your doctor, IPAB will be sitting at the controls in Washington making health decisions for your family.
Essentially, the Board's 15 members would be completely unaccountable -- to Congress or anyone else. They'd have the power to limit which doctors you see, what treatments are available, and in some cases, whether you're eligible for care at all. "The 'independent' part of IPAB's name is no joke..." Forbes points out. "If Medicare spending exceeds limits set by law, then IPAB can impose its own set of cost controls... Once IPAB settles on its cuts, lawmakers must either offer an alternative plan that cuts the same level of spending or muster a super-majority to block the Board's cuts from taking effect."
Republicans have called it a "rationing board" -- and even liberals agree. Hundreds of groups like the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (which supported the overall health care law) have been pushing to repeal IPAB. And believe me, Congress is trying.
Tomorrow in the House, members will be voting on a measure to bury the panel. In committee alone, the repeal had 20 Democratic cosponsors. In fact, you have to go a long way to find someone in favor of the idea. Since its inception, not one person has said they would accept an invitation to join the Board. They understand what most Americans do: What should control health care isn't IPAB. It isn't even Congress. What should control health care is the relationship between doctors and patients. Injecting more government into the equation only punishes patients and squeezes out the cutting-edge science that could treat them. In many respects, IPAB is just a microcosm of the President's political philosophy: bypassing Congress to implement Big Government lawlessness.
It's another symptom of an ObamaCare system that's plaguing America -- physically, politically, and economically. Insurers are already pushing for massive rate hikes under the ObamaCare exchange, meaning that premiums (which have already climbed significantly) will skyrocket. In places like New Mexico, Tennessee, Maryland, and Oregon, the "rate boosts" would be anywhere from 25-51%! Under the rules of the state exchanges, companies have to appeal to regulators for a rate increase (and, according to the Wall Street Journal, only Maine's market leader has not).
As most of us predicted, the medical costs for sick enrollees (which are the bulk of people using the coverage) are too high, and there's no way for insurance plans to absorb them. In the end, it all points to the bigger picture on ObamaCare -- which is that rationing boards or not, the only thing we should be killing is this law! (Source: Family Research Council)
- Father, we ask that this bill will pass in Congress and these panels will be stripped from the Obamacare system. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen and amen.
- "The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous." (Proverbs 15:29)