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house Bill H.R. 2146

Should Congress Approve the 'Fast-Track' for Free Trade Agreements (Like TPP)?

Argument in favor

There is bipartisan agreement that this bill will open markets for U.S. exports, give the U.S. more access to imports, and save average consumers money. Congress would still have a chance to weigh in, and ultimately approve or deny any trade agreements.

ThomasParker's Opinion
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06/19/2015
As long as the bill is not private and it is a move towards free trade, we should support it. However, if a bill is kept in secret and imposes tariffs or confers privileges to certain industries, it must be opposed.
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James's Opinion
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06/19/2015
We live in a global economy. It's very likely without this you will have the U.S. Limited in its ability to engage in the already global and changing economy and the implications for our global trading partners could be disastrous
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SherryTX's Opinion
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05/13/2015
These careers are more demanding than most and often times they are no longer physically able to continue work. I would much rather see an early retirement than a disability claim. This option should be available for all careers that are age selective in the ability to do the work.
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Argument opposed

This bill doesn't protect American workers who could lose their jobs because of the increased competition from "fast-tracked" trade agreements. It also gives too much negotiating power to the President and corporations — not the American people.

Dirtrhino's Opinion
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05/13/2015
So we can bail them out when they're broke in retirement? I don't think so. These folks have inherently dangerous jobs and could be permanently disabled at anytime. They may need the money in their retirement savings, and this bill would allow them to run that down
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Berthold's Opinion
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06/19/2015
Too secret, a power grab , a typical example of how the population gets manipulated into ignorance and complacency. A giveaway to China and other Asian nations and and basically a contract to further diminish control on big corporat players.
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ChrisGarguilo's Opinion
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06/19/2015
This is a blatant attempt at even more corporate takeover of our government. This bill does not benefit Americans, only corporations.
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bill Progress


  • EnactedJune 29th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed June 4th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
  • The house Passed June 18th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 218 Yea / 208 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedApril 30th, 2015

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bill Progress


  • EnactedJune 29th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed June 4th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
  • The house Passed June 18th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 218 Yea / 208 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedApril 30th, 2015

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
  • action
    Mr. Reichert moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
  • action
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
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    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2146.
  • action
    At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
  • action
    Considered as unfinished business.
  • vote
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 407 - 5 (Roll no. 220).
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • referral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
  • action
    Senate Committee on Finance discharged by Unanimous Consent.
  • action
    Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
  • vote
    Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
  • action
    Message on Senate action sent to the House.
  • action
    Mr. Ryan (WI) moved that the House agree with an amendment to the Senate amendment.
  • action
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 321, the House proceeded with one hour of debate on the Ryan (WI) motion to concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2146 with the amendment printed in House Report 114-167.
  • action
    The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
  • action
    On motion that the House agree with an amendment to the Agreed to by recorded vote: 218 - 208 (Roll no. 374).
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • action
    Message on House action received in Senate and at desk: House amendment to Senate amendment.
  • action
    Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
  • action
    Motion by Senator McConnell to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment made in Senate.
  • action
    Motion by Senator McConnell to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment with an amendment (SA 2060) made in Senate.
  • action
    Motion by Senator McConnell to refer to Senate Committee on Finance with instructions to report back forthwith with amendment SA 2062 made in Senate.
  • action
    Cloture motion on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment presented in Senate.
  • action
    Cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 60 - 37. Record Vote Number: 218.
  • action
    Considered by Senate.
  • action
    Motion by Senator McConnell to refer to Senate Committee on Finance with instructions to report back forthwith with amendment SA 2062 fell when cloture was invoked on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment in Senate.
  • action
    Considered by Senate.
  • action
    Motion by Senator McConnell to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment with an amendment (SA 2060) withdrawn in Senate.
  • vote
    Senate agreed to House amendment to Senate amendment to H.R. 2146 by Yea-Nay Vote. 60 - 38. Record Vote Number: 219.
  • action
    Message on Senate action sent to the House.
  • topresident
    Presented to President.
  • signed
    Signed by President.
  • enacted
    Became Public Law No: 114-26.
    As long as the bill is not private and it is a move towards free trade, we should support it. However, if a bill is kept in secret and imposes tariffs or confers privileges to certain industries, it must be opposed.
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    So we can bail them out when they're broke in retirement? I don't think so. These folks have inherently dangerous jobs and could be permanently disabled at anytime. They may need the money in their retirement savings, and this bill would allow them to run that down
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    Too secret, a power grab , a typical example of how the population gets manipulated into ignorance and complacency. A giveaway to China and other Asian nations and and basically a contract to further diminish control on big corporat players.
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    This is a blatant attempt at even more corporate takeover of our government. This bill does not benefit Americans, only corporations.
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    We live in a global economy. It's very likely without this you will have the U.S. Limited in its ability to engage in the already global and changing economy and the implications for our global trading partners could be disastrous
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    Once you open the gate for special treatment it is very hard to close them. We should have learned this lesson for laws for disabled, guys, etc.
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    Should be practice for all, not just law enforcement.
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    These careers are more demanding than most and often times they are no longer physically able to continue work. I would much rather see an early retirement than a disability claim. This option should be available for all careers that are age selective in the ability to do the work.
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    This bill reeks of Lo Mein and Fried Rice.
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    There's been more than enough "pass it without reading it" legislation. Treaties that can't be modified would only encourage that.
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    These Nations Must First Pass/Implement/Enforce Labor Rights And Human Rights Before Any Trade With United States Can Begin.
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    We don't need this
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    It's already their money. If they need it give it to them.
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    Everyone is informed of the penalties. This is unfair to other people, we must promote rule of law and not single out groups of people.
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    This bill doesn't protect American workers who could lose their jobs because of the increased competition from "fast-tracked" trade agreements. It also gives too much negotiating power to the President and corporations — not the American people.
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    Rep. Reichert explicitly comments that these employees may be eligible to retire earlier, whether owing to the hazardous nature of their work, or talents of service, or both. If that's the case, the bill's language should have made this eligibility the key to accessing their benefits earlier than normal.
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    It is their money, they should have access to it. Plus, many have mandatory requirements to retire at 57.
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    This bill was the last straw in any legitimacy of John crybaby Boehner as a Republican leader. Any concession to a rogue President that marginalizes Congress throws the Founding Fathers' idea of checks and balances into a cocked hat.
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    I voted yea because my farther was a firefighter
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    How many more American jobs do you intend to kill with this NWO stuff?
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