Nobody is allowed to read the trade bill the GOP is pushing with Obama
This kind of garbage makes me furious. For all the GOP’s crowing about “read the bill” and their pledge to make every bill public before voting on it, Mitch McConnell is pushing for the Senate to pass Obama’s trade bill, and nobody seems to know what’s in it.
Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin (WV) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) went to the Senate floor to push for immediate consideration of a bill that would make the Obamatrade text public — right now Congress has to go to a secured room to review the text and can’t take notes out or discuss what is in it with the public. That motion failed when Sen. Orrin Hatch objected, since it required unanimous consent.
The two Democrats even praised President George W. Bush, who released his free trade text in 2001. Today, President Obama, who promised to have the most transparent administration in history, is not releasing his deal.
“We’re just asking for some transparency before we have this crucial vote,” said Warren.
She said people have heard a lot about the trade bill, but haven’t seen it. The press hasn’t seen it, neither have economists or legal experts because the Administration making it impossible any of those people to read it.
“We should keep the deal secret because if the details were made public now, the public would oppose it,” mocked Warren. “Well, that’s not how our democracy is supposed to work.
What’s worse is that further down in the Breitbart article, Orrin Hatch admits that he doesn’t know what’s in the bill either. He opposed Warren’s read the bill motion because he was been a good foot-soldier and following orders.
I can’t believe that I’m saying this: Elizabeth Warren is right about this one. I have no clue what’s in this bill, and she’s 100% justified in demanding time for the public to read the bill and evaluate its contents.
Even if the contents of this bill are completely benign, I can’t support it because I’m not allowed to read it. There is no excuse for this kind of secrecy, and it’s completely justifiable to suspect something malicious is going on behind the scenes.
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