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How South Carolina’s Congressmen Voted On “Obamatrade”




|| By FITSNEWS || The U.S. House of Representatives cast a pair of critical votes on Friday related to president Barack Obama‘s crony capitalist trade push (a.k.a. “Obamatrade“).

The result?  A mixed bag … leaving the future of this massive deal (which would impact up to forty percent of the world’s economy) up in the air.

The first vote was on a so-called “trade adjustment assistance” (TAA) provision favored by Democrats as part of the Pacific Rim pact.  This measure – which says all you need to know about the secretive deal – would have created a costly new government program aimed at helping American workers who lost their jobs as a result of Obamatrade’s passage.

That provision failed by a 302-126 margin.

Five of South Carolina’s seven congressmen – Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney, Tom Rice and Mark Sanford – voted against this provision.  Only two of them – Jim Clyburn (the lone Democrat in the delegation) and Joe Wilson – voted for it.

The next vote addressed whether to give Obama’s administration so-called “trade promotion authority” (TPA, or “fast track” negotiating authority) to conduct the trade deal.  This provision would let Obama continue drafting the agreement in secret – forbidding Congress from debating it, amending it or even overseeing it once it had been approved.

That measure passed by a narrow 219-211 margin.

Unfortunately, only three South Carolina congressmen – Clyburn, Duncan and Mulvaney – voted against this provision.

The rest of the delegation – including so-called “conservatives” Trey Gowdy and Mark Sanford – voted for it.  Their votes were critical, too.  Had all of the Palmetto State’s so-called “conservative” delegation opposed this provision, then the chamber would have deadlocked.

Duncan has been rock solid in opposing Obamatrade from the beginning.  Mulvaney has waffled, but ultimately came down on the right side of the vote.

Sanford?  His support of Obamatrade is the latest in a lengthening list of ideological betrayals.

Wilson?  He voted wrong on both counts … something prospective primary opponents will no doubt be taking note of.

Which reminds us: While the mainstream media continues to refer to this as a “free trade” deal – we’ve exposed how in reality it is anything but.  It’s government picking winners and losers – with the biggest losers being Americans with jobs.

Unfortunately, Obamatrade isn’t dead yet.  Liberal U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner has scheduled another round of votes for next week.