Finally, Republicans in Congress and the Obama administration agree on a piece of legislation: the Trade Promotion Authority package to fast-track future trade bills. If you think this is too good to be true, you’re right: liberals in Congress are attempting to link this legislation to spending on Trade Adjustment Assistance, an ineffective welfare program.
Trade Promotion Authority should be considered on its own merits, and good conservatives can disagree on whether the current draft of TPA is appropriate. However, all conservatives should agree that it should not be tied to Trade Adjustment Assistance, an expensive and ineffective program.
Now that it’s done, Trade Promotion Authority in its current form doesn’t deserve passage. A free trade deal worth making can and should be passed on its own, without throwing a bone to those who would waste our tax dollars.
Read the full article in The Daily Signal.
Do you think Congress should pass a trade bill that’s linked to a big-government spending program like Trade Adjustment Assistance?