Thank God it’s Blocked

The Senate voted Tuesday on the very bad legislation entitled: Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP). Thank God liberal Democrat senators blocked it through filibuster. It was paired with “Fast Track,” meaning it’s something President Obama and many Republicans wanted to implement as soon as possible.

The President was spear-heading this agreement, so you can imagine his disappointment when it failed.

The White House said the filibuster was only a procedural snafu and blamed Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for not being able to rally his troops to support the deal.

Proponents say it will allow better trade between the U.S. and several Pacific-rim nations: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. It is being championed by Republicans such as Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker John Boehner. However, there are many problems with TPP. Among them:

  • TPP is secretive, with very few people given access to the text.
  • It is a “living agreement,” which means it can be changed by the president after it leaves Congress.
  • The name “partnership” means it can be pushed through Congress without the 67 votes normally needed for treaties, or 60 votes for important legislation.
  • Several leading conservatives such as Jeff Sessions (R, AL) and Bobby Jindahl (Governor of Louisiana) are opposed to TPP. Donald Trump tweeted that this is a bad, bad deal for the U.S.

Why this Matters: We already trade with each of these countries and have formal agreements with seven of them. Some of these countries have human rights abuses and operate under Sharia law. Eventually, every Pacific-rim nation may be included without an up or down vote by Congress.

Are there any true benefits? Some suggest the agreement will improve the U.S. economy, but there are just as many who say it will hurt us.

How to Pray: If you have a job, thank Him for it! Pray for those who cannot find work. Pray that our next President and the Congress will put measures in place to foster job-creation. This deal will be reworked and eventually sent back for a re-vote. Ask God to continue blocking the TPP until it will truly promote our economy.

(Ecc 3:22) Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better,

than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion…

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