White House Plays Down Trade Agenda Setback In House
A portion of the Obama-backed trade deal failed to pass in the House Friday, after receiving insufficient support from House Democrats.By Christian Bryant | June 12, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives voted down part of President Obama's trade deal Friday, in what some are calling a significant defeat for the president's trade agenda. But The White House sees it a bit differently.
"To the surprise of very few, another procedural snafu has emerged. These kinds of entanglements are endemic to the House of Representatives," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.
The House voted against a program that would've provided assistance to workers displaced by global trade, but approved Obama's fast-track authority, which would give him the power to complete a trade deal with Pacific-Rim countries. The problem: one can't move forward without the other.