trade promotion authority
They're tired of the most conservative members of their party setting the agenda.
The problem with Cruz's position is not that it's philosophically incoherent. On free trade, as on any other issue, one can be in favor of a thing and yet oppose a specific proposal to implement it. It's no different than being generically in favor of a strong defense, but against a particular weapons program. The problem is that Cruz has been flippy and disingenuous about it.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon sits down with Huffington Post's Mike McAuliff to talk about the controversial trade deal, and he makes a case for why America might need it.
Here's the real message behind the congressional votes on fast-track authority and trade-adjustment assistance: Democrats will no longer support major trade agreements that cost American jobs and create further downward pressure on wages, especially as inequality continues to accelerate.
I tried to stay emotionally distanced from this one. It didn't work. When the White House and Republican leaders got the votes they needed in the Senate to advance "fast track" Trade Promotion Authority on Tuesday, June 23, it was crushing.