Brown, Tillis, McConnell (UC)

Vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority (H.R. 2146)

Senator Brown: (2:48 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "We can't have trade promotion without trade enforcement. It shouldn't be partisan, regardless of how you vote on T.A.A. we need to make sure our deals are enforced. Level the playing field against unfair trade practices, it's critical for our businesses, our workers who drown and flood of illegally subsidized import. It has the are support of business and workers, Republicans and Democrats. I want to thank senators portman and graham and Casey for their work in support of this issue no matter where you stand on T.P.A. We should be able to come together to have enforce -- enforceable laws. We have trade. We will these agreements cause wages to stagnate, we know these agreements cause factories to close, calls imports to increase, debate families and communities. This is a terrible mistake we will make which we've made over and over and over and over if we pass this today. If we pass T.P.A. It's the same mistake we made with nafta. Big promises, job increases, wages going up, bad results. We did it when we passed pntr, when we passed cafta, the Central American free trade agreement, with the Korean free trade agreement, we're about to do it again, shame on us. Ate least take care of workers if we're going to pass this legislation. "

 

Senator Tillis: (3:06 PM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "Now, the C.B.O. projects ObamaCare will reduce employment as a result of all this by two million, two million full-time equivalent jobs in 2017. President Obama campaigned saying he wouldn't raise taxes on families making less than $250,000 a year. Let's talk a little bit more about that. ObamaCare broke that promise as well by creating or raising 20 different taxes, amounting to more than a trillion dollars in the first decade. Several taxes directly punish families making less than $250,000 a year. The University of Chicago economist Casey Mulligan modeled the macroeconomic effects of ObamaCare, and he estimated that the damage would be twice as large."

 

Senator McConnell: (3:27 PM)

  • At 4:00 PM, all post-cloture time on the motion to concur with respect to H.R. 2146, the vehicle for the Trade Promotion Authority bill, be considered expired.
  • At 4:00 PM, the Senate conduct up to five VOTES on:

1.Motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.2146;

2.Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur with an amendment in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.1295, the TAA and Preferences bill;

3.Motion to concur with an amendment in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.1295, the TAA and Preferences bill;

4.Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to go to conference on H.R.644, the Customs bill; and

5.Motion to go to conference on H.R.644, the Customs bill.

  • (Without objection)