When Push Comes to Shove in the House, Will Free Trade Make it Through?

By Aliza Kempner

President Barack Obama’s mission to place the U.S. stamp of approval on two of the largest free trade deals in our country’s history is hitting some turbulence. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, has questioned the White House’s approach to gaining concessions from other countries to finalize the Pacific Rim and European Union pacts without amendments and by skirting debate. Reid and other Democrats fear that the deals could cause serious injury to American labor and environmental protections and also harm the recovering U.S. job market. 

Politico examines the political undercurrent that leaves the agreement in a precarious position, with trade experts warning that other countries might dodge political risks in agreeing to a deal without the United States paving the way.