A Brief History
On June 11, 2015, President Obama was in the strange position of having a trade agreement he and many congressional Republicans supported shot down in a vote by members of his own party.
The “Pacific Rim” trade treaty endorsed by the President would involve Canada and 11 other countries in freer trade with the US. Wary of another NAFTA trade fiasco where such a treaty cost American jobs, many Democrats opposed the agreement, as did enough Republicans to deal the President a defeat. The President must now go back to negotiating a revised deal if he is to get any agreement passed by congress.
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For more information, please see…
Edwards, George C. Overreach: Leadership in the Obama Presidency by George C. Edwards (June 23,2015). Princeton University Press, 2015.