Sen. Bob Casey Votes Against Trans-Pacific Partnership “Fast Track” | PoliticsPA
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PoliticsPA.com reports Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) opposes the proposal to deny the U.S. Senate an opportunity to debate and to modify the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty advocated by President Barack Obama. The vote occurred April 22 in the Senate Finance Committee.
Casey issued a statement April 22 after the bill was marked up in which he said, “The bill voted out of committee this evening puts our nation on a fast track to fewer jobs and lower wages.”
Senator Casey finds himself to the left of President Obama.Pennsylvania’s senior Senator voted against a measure last night to proceed with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).President Obama has been on a media tour advocating for action on the agreement despite the protests of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, led by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.The vote occurred in the Senate Finance Committee and the measure passed by a 20-6 margin. Among the Senators supporting TPP was Pennsylvania’s junior Senator Pat Toomey.“The bill voted out of committee this evening puts our nation on a fast track to fewer jobs and lower wages,” Sen. Casey said in a statement after the vote. “This Trade Promotion Authority legislation is flawed and is set to leave Pennsylvania with the short end of the stick once again.”