Fast Track Bill Waylaid In House

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On Friday the U.S. House voted to pass the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, which would extend Trade Promotion Authority to President Obama.

But because of disputes over a provision called Trade Adjustment Assistance, the bill is waylaid until lawmakers come to agreement.

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) gives the U.S. leverage during trade negotiations; Congress agrees not to amend trade deals during passage, and leaves negotiations up to the Executive Branch. It barely passed the House, 219-211.

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), as it relates to agriculture, is a federal program that pays farmers when commodity prices fall due to increased imports.

Iowa Congressmen Rod Blum and David Young both voted yes on TAA, Congressmen Steve King and Dave Loebsack voted against it. Loebsack was the only Iowa Congressman to vote against TPA.