The House will vote Thursday on a stand-alone measure to grant President Obama fast-track trade authority.
The decision follows a flurry of activity at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, as the White House and congressional Republicans rally around a strategy for moving forward with the trade package.
Under the plan, the House and Senate would vote for a second time on passing fast-track, which would make it easier for Obama to negotiate a sweeping Pacific trade deal.
Separately, Congress would approve legislation granting aid to workers displaced by trade, a program known as Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).
The problem for Obama and Republicans is that they must first convince Senate Democrats to vote for fast-track on the promise the TAA bill would be finished later.
Obama met at the White House on Wednesday with a group pro-trade Democrats from the House and Senate as he sought to make the case.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Wednesday signaled Obama is open to Congress sending him the two measures separately.
Earnest said both measures must be delivered to Obama’s desk.
“The only legislative strategy the president can support is one that will result in both pieces of legislation arriving at his desk,” he said. ….
We’re supposed to believe anything president betrayal says? I don’t think so. Call congress! We stopped it once, we can do it again!
The Whip List: Congressional Representatives and their positions on TPA: http://thehill.com/policy/finance/trade/241114-whip-list-dems-bucking-obama-on-trade
Phone numbers and web sites of house of representatives: http://www.house.gov/representatives/