Flake, Barrasso (UC)

Vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority (H.R. 1314)

Senator Flake: (4:00 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "A 2012 study by Mathematica Policy Research conditioned by the Department of Labor did a comparison of T.A.A. beneficiaries to those who weren't receiving them. They found that after three years, T.A.A. recipients actually had lower reemployment rates. However, after four years, employment rates for both groups were statistically the same, though overall, T.A.A. recipients ended up earning less annually. At best, the impact of T.A.A. is a multibillion-dollar question mark. At worst, research says it's ineffective and even counterproductive. While Trade Adjustment Assistance is of dubious value, we certainly know that renewing Trade Promotion Authority is an incredible opportunity for the U.S. economy. It is my fervent hope that Congress will move forward in approving legislation reauthorizing T.P.A. It's also my hope that one day we can recognize the benefits of trade and the fact that it lifts our economy."


Senator Barrasso: (4:08 PM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "The president told me personally in the White House earlier this year he had no plan to deal with a Supreme Court ruling that says his actions were illegal, and he has no plan to deal with so many people who thought they were following the law who have been hurt by the law, but he has a plan to bail out the insurance companies and to protect them because we know where the president is in terms of looking at this and his proposal, his quintessential piece of legislation, the one named after him has clearly done significant amount of damage to families all across the country. I believe has harmed the health care system, which has always been the best in the world. We needed health care reform in this country. We did not need what President Obama forced down the throats of the American people with people across the country saying no."
  • Unanimous Consent –
    • At 5:00 PM, the Senate proceed to executive session and VOTE on the following nominations:
    1. Executive Calendar #25, Jill N. Parrish, to be United States district judge for the District of Utah;
    2. Executive Calendar #26, Jose Olvera, Jr., to be U.S. district judge for the Southern District of Texas;  
    3. Executive Calendar #74, Patricia Cahill, to be a member of the board of directors for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and   
    4. Executive Calendar #107, Mark Scarano, to be federal co-chairperson of the Northern Border Regional Commission.
  • (Without objection)