Hatch (UC), Brown

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

Senator Hatch: (10:13 AM)

  • Unanimous Consent –
    • Senator Hatch call up the following amendments, en bloc:
  1. Boxer Amendment #1371;
  2. Whitehouse Amendment #1387;
  3. Brown Amendment #1252;
  4. Feinstein Amendment #1424;
  5. Menendez Amendment #1430;
  6. Paul Amendment #1383;
  7. Paul Amendment #1408;
  8. Sullivan Amendment #1246;
  9. Sessions Amendment #1233;
  10. Cruz Amendment #1384;
  11. Cardin Amendment #1230; and
  12. Paul Amendment #1408.
  • (Senator Brown objects)  


Senator Brown: (10:13 AM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "We've had two votes. We have six pending, but the six pending have had some interesting adjustments in terms of second-degree, in terms of not being actually called for votes. Now we have an offer of nine more. That's a good step. But the majority leader came to the floor at the end of the first full day of debate to file cloture to shut down debate. We had only two votes all week. I'd like to have more votes. I think all of us on all sides of this discussion in this debate, the pro-free trade Republicans the anti-free trade Republicans, the pro-free trade Democrats and the overwhelming majority of Democrats who don't like the rules the way they are under T.P.A. would all be willing to come together and pick out 20 or so amendments of the 200 that have been offered by 46 different senators and have that debate, with time limits. We should do all of that. Instead, we have nine amendments here, as I said - in case I didn't say it three times, we've only had two votes here. Most of these amendments, including leveling the playing field, which is seems to have unanimous support, it is non-germane, so if members vote for cloture now, then all of those nine germane amendments are dropped and most of these nine will not see the light of day."


Senator Hatch: (10:15 AM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "I just want to point out that we tried to bring this bill up last Thursday, then Friday. It was objected to. Then we brought it up Monday. We only had two amendments. Then Tuesday, Wednesday, and now today there have been logjams all the way through. Now look, I've tried to be as fair as I can be on this. I've tried to accommodate my colleagues on the other side. We're not making any headway. And so I thought by calling up these 12 amendments, that would resolve it. But if not, we should proceed with the vote."