The House narrowly passed Trade Promotion Authority Thursday – the “fast track” bill for the TPP. Some see it as the first step of many to resurrect President Barack Obama’s trade agenda after his own party torpedoed a combined bill last week.
Although the TPP is supported by the President – who is a Democrat – in Congress, it is a different story. There, it gets Republican support. It is not a typical coalition.
Let’s break down the numbers, shall we?
The House of Representatives voted 218-208 for the TPA.
According to Roll Call, 190 Republicans voted for the bill, and 50 Republicans voted against it.
28 Democrats voted for the bill, whereas 158 voted against it.
There were no Independents, and there were 8 Congresspersons who did not vote.
Clearly, most Republicans voted for the bill, and most Democrats voted against it.
This was the second vote on the TPA for the House. “Each of the 28 Democrats who voted last week for TPA held together for the do-over, a result Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., who voted “yes,” said members anticipated would be the result,” writes Roll Call.
Last week, 54 Republicans voted “no,” versus 50 Thursday. Reps. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., Don Young, R-Ark., and David Jolly, R-Fla., are listed on the final tally as “not voting,” while Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., flipped his position into the “yes” column.
The bill now heads to the other side of the Capitol building, where the Senate will have to pass it a second time before the two chambers engage in a process of working on several other amended bills and legislative language, including Trade Adjustment Assistance and an amended trade-preferences bill that extends the African Growth and Opportunity Act.
The House and Senate will also ultimately have to reconcile two versions of a customs bill.
In May, the Senate passed previous version of the TPA “fast-track” authority bill. What did that vote look like?
That bill passed in the senate by 62-37.
48 Republicans voted for the bill, and 5 voted against it.
14 Democrats voted for the bill, but 30 Democrats voted against it.
2 independents voted against the bill.
Again, the preponderance of Democrats voted against the bill, and most Republicans voted for it.