United States President Barack Obama suffered a crushing blow Tuesday, May 12 in the form of his trade agenda being shut down hard by the Senate. Indeed, the vote ended up being 52-45 and only had one Democrat back it.
The vote was to prevent the chamber from attaining fast-track legislation. The motion that the POTUS was hoping to push through was one to cut off a filibuster and end up straight at the trade bill’s potential passing. However, the aforementioned voting took place and Obama ended up being shut down on his wish completely. The singular Democrat that backed the motion was Sen. Tom Carper, of Delaware.
Senators Ted Cruz (TX) and Rand Paul (KY), both Republicans, voted to move to the trade bill. Florida Senator Marco Rubio missed the vote, as well as Lindsey Graham, a Republican Senator from South Carolina. Graham is reportedly considering a White House bid in the upcoming Presidential election, which will be taking place in 2016.
By Rebecca Grace
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