Trade Deal: Boehner, Pelosi Both Put Onus on Other Side (Video)
House leaders of both parties said Thursday they’re hopeful Congress could pass legislation giving President Barack Obama authority to negotiate his long-sought Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
They differed on whether Republicans or Democrats are responsible for making sure such a deal takes place. Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, said a bill to grant Obama trade promotion authority would have “strong support from House Republicans.”
But he also said congressional Democrats would have to compromise and Obama would have to pressure them to do so — a signal there could be enough GOP holdouts that the minority party would need to make up for the shortfall.
“We’re going to need some bipartisan support,” he told reporters at his weekly news briefing Thursday. “[Republicans will] do our part, but the president must do his part, as well.”
Boehner added that the proposed trade deal would be “a heavy lift.”