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Will tea party allies in Congress balk at international trade pacts?

Normally, a big Republican majority in Congress would bode well for free-trade pacts. Republicans, more than labor-union-backed Democrats, have typically been the promoters of international trade.

But these are not normal times. The new Republican majority, set to take office in January, was elected on a wave of populist tea party energy. Several dozen new members either come from the movement or were strongly supported by it. Some, in particular, represent parts of the country hit hard by the recession and struggling with a loss of manufacturing jobs.

So as President Obama seeks to nail down fixes to the long-stalled US-Korea Free Trade Agreement during his visit to Seoul, the question is, will the tea party influence in Congress help or hurt Mr. Obama’s efforts to seal the deal on trade? Trade agreements require approval by both houses of Congress

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 11:10 PM on Nov. 10, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 11:10 PM on Nov. 10, 2010

  • Some tea party people seem hostile to anything international and foreign, and from her speeches Sarah Palin is reminiscent of the conservative isolationists of the 30's .. I do not think they will support anything for which the President could claim any credit as they have done as much as possible to belittle everything he has done .

    Janet..
    janet116

    Answer by janet116 at 11:34 PM on Nov. 10, 2010

  • The issue is~America needs export revenue. "For companies such as UPS, Caterpillar, Boeing Co. and Citigroup Inc., getting the agreements passed would broaden access to markets abroad, with the South Korean deal alone boosting U.S. exports by $10.9 billion a year, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission. "


     

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:59 PM on Nov. 10, 2010

  • If you make a trade agreement, it goes both ways. America imports international goods and services and we export. Imports tend to be cheaper than American made. But American companies can profit from additional international markets. So, do you deny American Corporations an opportunity to gain in export revenue? Bush tired to expand trade interntational agreements. Obama is continuing efforts. But as we saw with Clinton's China Trade agreement.. Trade comes with a risk. Cheaper international products cause US production/jobs.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:59 PM on Nov. 10, 2010

  • *Bush tried to expand trade international agreements*

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:00 AM on Nov. 11, 2010

  • I do not think they will support anything for which the President could claim any credit as they have done as much as possible to belittle everything he has done .

    I disagree.. Only because I know of local tea party groups who support international trade agreements because their business needs the boost from exports. The national tea party movement(s)? Who knows. As much as some try to make it 'so'~ the national efforts do NOT speak for many local tp movements. I tend to stick with local TP efforts... The overall ability to impact American jobs comes from the consumer power of choice. Open trade, but if Americans want American jobs, then need to buy from American companies. And that doesn't mean the American "union' label, either. There are plenty of small companies that could use the boost from consumers. But when it comes to automobiles, I can't see buying many of the US brands (maybe Ford).. Quality prevails.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:07 AM on Nov. 11, 2010

  • The elephant-in-the-room question is: WHY is this agreement "long-stalled"?

    That is the main piece of information a reader would need in order to have any way of learning something by reading this article !

    The wording about the tea party candidates indicates a BIG ignorance about tea party principles:

    FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION !

    The rest falls into place proceeding from that one principle: smaller gov't and less gov't spending ... lower taxes and less gov't interference in private citizens' lives, private business ... in other words, less interference in the economy.

    If the free trade agreement is legitimate under the Constitution, if it is sensible and responsible toward the best benefit of the American people, then the tea party candidates would have not problem with it ... what else does the writer THINK they would judge the agreement by ?
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 2:54 AM on Nov. 11, 2010

  • So as President Obama seeks to nail down fixes to the long-stalled US-Korea Free Trade Agreement during his visit to Seoul,


    Really isn't an issue now since he failed in his attempt to pull Korea in. I'm not hearing Conservatives complaining about this part of his trip.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 8:46 AM on Nov. 11, 2010

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