Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, D-Ore., praised President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union for addressing health care and the economy, but was disappointed Obama did not discuss in detail the new Pacific trade deal.
Following the announcement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal Monday morning, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said there is “no reason" why Congress can't ratify the agreement in 2016.
The White House called Thursday for Congress to send President Barack Obama a currency enforcement bill — an issue that has added urgency given the roiling of financial markets after China devalued the yuan.
Asked about China’s recent devaluation, Press Secretary Josh Earnest called on Congress to reconcile differences between House- and Senate-passed currency bills.
Shortly before the House passed Trade Promotion Authority Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was asked if she believed both TPA and Trade Adjustment Assistance would pass.
“I can’t predict that,” Pelosi said. “I don’t see — I don’t see a path right now for TAA.”