Democrats Stand in the Way Between Obama and His Trade Agenda

By Jieying Ding

Presidential efforts to secure the trade power have met with hostility from Congress since 1994, but Obama is facing opposition from his own party on this matter, according to the New York Times. Obama needs his fellow Democrats’ support to finish and approve the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a complicated 12-nation agreement that is a crucial element of Obama’s “pivot” to Asia. Members of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party think that the trade deal would “leave America’s middle class in a deep hole,” while business groups are pressing the President to take a more active role. On the other side of the aisle, even though many Republicans strongly support President Obama’s trade agenda, some just won’t give Obama a victory—no matter how much they like the policy.