(NBC NEWS) – In Washington D.C., it’s a make-or-break day for President Obama’s historic trade agreement with the Pacific Rim.
The Senate has already approved fast-tracking the deal. It’s up to the House now. Not only is he fighting Democrats on this, Republicans are cheering him on!
President Obama’s surprise appearance at the Congressional baseball game comes before two key House votes.
Fast-tracking the trans-pacific partnership, and providing assistance to Americans lose their jobs because of it. “If we work together, it will be a big win for American jobs and American leadership,” said House Majority Leader John Boehner, (R) Ohio.
Democrats, lobbied hard by unions, worry about lost jobs. They call this. The last and worst trade agreement in a 20-year history of job-killing trade agreements,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio, (D) Oregon.
House Democrats are fighting for a chance to debate the details. “Many of our members had ideas that they thought would improve TPA that they at least wanted aired,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) California.
The White House is warning those who vote against assistance for displaced workers. “You are adding your name to the death certificate of Trade Adjustment Assistance, because it will go away,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
This trade deal would be huge – covering a dozen countries and 40% of the world economy.
Right now the vote is too close to call.