Congressman Matt Salmon was unable to convince a handful of Republicans that “TPA is both a necessary and important piece of legislation” including Congressman Paul Gosar, who joined House Democrats in killing the job killing bill today.
Salmon said on Thursday, “Rather than shutting our eyes to the administration’s actions on trade, TPA allows Congress to direct the conversation and, with the American people, oversee the results.” However, like the Affordable Care Act, many opponents believed that the process was secretive and would hurt American workers.
“I voted no on the trade bills. I believe in free trade. The bills Congress just passed are so full of non-trade issues and special deals it would make your head spin. Worst sausage making I’ve seen since the cromnibus,” stated Rep. Paul Gosar after the vote.