You get the idea! Yesterday, Bernie Sanders did the big campaign rally in his home state of Vermont before a huge crowd of adoring supporters, and it was magic. In fact, his speech was so good that I ran the whole thing on my show this morning.
I probably would have done it anyway, but I was so incensed by MSNBC cutting away as Al Sharpton’s show began at 6pm ET yesterday. Seriously? Sharpton couldn’t spare 5-10 minutes at the top of his show to let Bernie Sanders conclude his (quite awesome) speech? Shame on him!
We rounded out the first hour with Daniel Strauss of Talking Points Memo. He wrote a piece that resonated with me last week, “Will Gay Adoption Be A Bigger Problem For The GOP In 2016 Than Gay Marriage?” – an issue we need to call the
clown car 18-wheeler inhabitants on.
In the second hour, my pal Dave Johnson of the Campaign for America’s Future returned to bring us up to date on Fast Track and TPP… taking us through last week’s votes in the senate that culminated in Fast Track passing, and previewing the House vote, likely to happen on Monday when Congress returns from their Memorial Day
vacation district work period, which should prove to be a tougher sell than in the senate.
REPUBLICANS – YES (68)
Rep. Ralph Lee Abraham (La.)
Rep. Diane Black (Tenn.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Mike Bishop (Mich.)
Rep. Rod Blum (Iowa)
Speaker John Boehner (Ohio)
Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. (La.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Vern Buchanan (Fla.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Buddy Carter (Ga.)
Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) — Chabot said the trade bill means “more opportunity for all Americans.”
Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.)
Rep. Barbara Comstock (Va.)
Rep. Ryan Costello (Pa.)
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.) — “It is my hope Congress can have a fair and open debate on Trade Promotion Authority and future free-trade agreements so we can provide more economic opportunity for all Americans,” Curbelo said in a statement to Sunshine State News.
Rep. Robert Dold (Ill.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Tom Emmer (Minn.)
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (Va.)
Rep. Bob Gibbs (Ohio)
Rep. Garret Graves (La.)
Rep. Glenn Grothman (Wis.)
Rep. Frank Guinta (N.H.)
Rep. Cresent Hardy (Nev.)
Rep. Jody Hice (Ga.)
Rep. French Hill (Ark.)
Rep. George Holding (N.C.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.)
Rep. Will Hurd (Texas)
Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) — “This president has earned our distrust, but having said that, I still support TPA,” Issa told The Washington Post.
Rep. Sam Johnson (Texas) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Mike Kelly (Pa.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Pete King (N.Y.)
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.)
Rep. Steve Knight (Calif.)
Rep. Mia Love (Utah)
Rep. Kenny Marchant (Texas) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Tom McClintock (Calif.)
Rep. Martha McSally (Ariz.)
Rep. Pat Meehan (Pa.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. John Moolenaar (Mich.)
Rep. Dan Newhouse (Wash.)
Rep. Kristi Noem (S.D.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. David Nunes (Calif.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Erik Paulsen (Minn.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Tom Price (Ga.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Tom Reed (N.Y.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Dave Reichert (Wash.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Jim Renacci (Ohio) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Peter Roskam (Ill.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Ed Royce (Calif.)
Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) — The Ways and Means Committee chairman is a co-author of the fast-track bill.
Rep. Mark Sanford (S.C.)
Rep. David Schweikert (Ariz.)
Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas)
Rep. Mike Simpson (Idaho)
Rep. Adrian Smith (Neb.) — Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Jason Smith (Mo.) – Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (N.Y.)
Rep. Pat Tiberi (Ohio) – Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Dave Trott (Mich.)
Rep. David Valadao (Calif.)
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.)
Rep. Mark Walker (N.C.)
Rep. Mimi Walters (Calif.)
Rep. Roger Williams (Texas)
Rep. Rob Woodall (Ga.)
Rep. David Young (Iowa)
Rep. Todd Young (Ind.) – Voted for TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Lee Zeldin (N.Y.)
REPUBLICANS – NO (7)
Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) — Brat likened the push for fast track to efforts to pass immigration reform in an interview on The John Fredericks’ Show. “This is one of the key reasons I’m leaning a solid no on TPA and TPP,” he said. “Because if we’re arguing in the best interest of the average American, we should be able to make these arguments in the light of day and debate.”
Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (Fla.)
Rep. John Fleming (La.)
Rep. Steve King (Iowa)
Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.)
Rep. Don Young (Alaska)
REPUBLICANS – UNDECIDED (12)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah) — The Oversight Committee chairman told The Hill he is “leaning yes.”
Rep. Charlie Dent (Pa.) — Dent said he supports “open markets.”
Rep. Trent Franks (Ariz.)
Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.)
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) — Sounds like he’s leaning yes. Told Politico that “a successful trade agreement will increase market access for Kansas agricultural products.” But he noted he is still reviewing the legislation.
Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio) — The chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus is leaning no.
Rep. Raul Labrador (Idaho) — Labrador is leaning no.
Rep. Thomas Massie (Ky.) — Massie is leaning no.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) — Asked if he will vote for TPA, the House majority leader sidestepped the question, telling Politico, “Democrats really need to push forward from the administration on where they’re going.”
Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.)
Rep. Tim Walberg (Mich.) — Walberg told The Hill he wants changes to prevent Chinese currency manipulation.
Rep. Daniel Webster (Fla.)
DEMOCRATS – YES (13)
Rep. Brad Ashford (Neb.) — Signed a letter in April signaling support for fast-track.
Rep. Ami Bera (Calif.) — “With more than 95 percent of the world’s population outside the United States, economic growth and jobs for the region and America will increasingly depend on expanding U.S. trade and investment opportunities in the global marketplace,” Bera wrote in an op-ed.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.)
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (Ore.) — Bonamici’s district includes the headquarters of Nike, where President Obama delivered a speech urging support for the trade bill.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (Va.) — Signed a letter in April signaling support for fast-track.
Rep. Henry Cuellar (Texas)
Rep. John Delaney (Md.)
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) — “As we negotiate two of the largest trade deals in our history, we must consider the positive impact that international trade has on our state economy, as well as on our national economy and the global economy,” she wrote in an op-ed in the North Dallas Gazette.
Rep. Ron Kind (Wis.)
Rep. Gregory Meeks (N.Y.) — Signed a letter in April signaling support for fast-track.
Rep. Jared Polis (Colo.)
Rep. Mike Quigley (Ill.) — Signed a letter in April signaling support for fast-track.
Rep. Kurt Schrader (Ore.)
DEMOCRATS – NO (78)
Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.) — Voted against TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Robert Brady (Pa.)
Rep. Corrine Brown (Fla.)
Rep. André Carson (Ind.)
Rep. David Cicilline (R.I.)
Rep. Yvette Clarke (N.Y.)
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (Mo.)
Rep. John Conyers Jr. (Mich.)
Rep. Joe Courtney (Conn.)
Rep. Joseph Crowley (N.Y.) — Voted against TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Danny Davis (Ill.) — Voted against TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.)
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) — “I believe it will not pass,” DeLauro told Bloomberg.
Rep. Ted Deutch (Fla.)
Rep. Debbie Dingell (Mich.)
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (Texas) — Voted against TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) — “Unfortunately, the Hatch-Wyden-Ryan deal does not ensure that American workers are put first,” Duckworth said in a statement. “We need controls to make sure trade deals are negotiated in the best interests of my constituents in Illinois and all Americans.” Duckworth is running against Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) in 2016.
Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) — Edwards is running against Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who also announced his opposition, in the Maryland Senate race.
Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.)
Rep. Eliot Engel (N.Y.)
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (Conn.)
Rep. Lois Frankel (Fla.)
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) — “Fast tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the wrong move. Congress and the American people should have a role to play,” Gabbard wrote in a Facebook post.
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.)
Rep. John Garamendi (Calif.) — “No way, no how, period. I am not about to cede my constitutional responsibility to a bunch of negotiators who refuse to share any information of any significance,” Garamendi told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Rep. Alan Grayson (Fla.) — Mulling a run for the Senate.
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) — “The Trade Promotion Authority introduced today circumvents Congressional authority and prevents oversight that is vital to protecting working families from bad trade deals,” he said in a statement.
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.)
Rep. Alcee Hastings (Fla.) — “The real reason that I will oppose the trade agreement is that it disproportionately impacts the same kinds of communities as Baltimore,” said Hastings.
Rep. Brian Higgins (N.Y.)
Rep. Mike Honda (Calif.)
Rep. Jared Huffman (Calif.)
Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.)
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (Ohio)
Rep. Dan Kildee (Mich.)
Rep. Jim Langevin (R.I.) — “Congress has the responsibility to set trade policy, and ‘fast track’ procedures largely circumvent this important review,” he said in a statement.
Rep. John Larson (Conn.)
Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.)
Rep. Sandy Levin (Mich.)
Rep. Dan Lipinski (Ill.)
Rep. Alan Lowenthal (Calif.)
Rep. Nita Lowey (N.Y.)
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.)
Rep. Stephen Lynch (Mass.)
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.)
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (N.Y.)
Rep. Jim McDermott (Wash.) — Voted against TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Grace Meng (N.Y.)
Rep. Patrick Murphy (Fla.) — “The Constitution grants Congress the authority to regulate trade, and it greatly concerns me that we are being asked to establish a framework for a deal that is almost done,” Murphy said in a statement, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.)
Rep. Richard Neal (Mass.) — Voted against TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Rick Nolan (Minn.)
Rep. Donald Norcross (N.J.)
Rep. Bill Pascrell (N.J.) — “These trade deals have sucked the air out of the room we call our nation,” Pascrell told The Hill.
Rep. Chellie Pingree (Maine)
Rep. Mark Pocan (Wis.)
Rep. Charles Rangel (N.Y.) — Voted against TPA in the Ways and Means Committee.
Rep. Bobby Rush (Ill.)
Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio)
Rep. Linda Sánchez (Calif.) — Voted against TPA in the Ways and Means Committee
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (Calif.) — Sanchez is running for the Senate.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.)
Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) — “I have not supported fast track authorities in the past, believing that Congress should preserve a role in shaping trade agreements, but was willing to hold off in light of representations that this would be a new type of authority,” Schiff said in a statement. “However, now that the legislation has been finalized and I have had time to fully review the bill, it is clear that TPA is little different from earlier variations of fast track and I will oppose it.”
Rep. David Scott (Ga.)
Rep. Jose Serrano (N.Y.)
Rep. Brad Sherman (Calif.)
Rep. Louise Slaughter (N.Y.)
Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.)
Rep. Mark Takai (Hawaii) — “Implementation of the same old fast track authority will severely limit Congress’ role in trade negotiations and puts millions of good-paying American jobs at risk. The U.S. economy does not need free trade, we need fair trade,” Takai said in a statement.
Rep. Mark Takano (Calif.)
Rep. Bennie Thompson (Miss.)
Rep. Mike Thompson (Calif.) — Voted against TPA in the Ways and Means Committee
Rep. Paul Tonko (N.Y.)
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) — Running for the Senate.
Rep. Juan Vargas (Calif.)
Rep. Filemon Vela (Texas)
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (N.Y.)
DEMOCRATS – UNDECIDED (24)
Rep. Cheri Bustos (Ill.)
Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) — Butterfield is chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Rep. John Carney (Del.) — Carney signed a letter offering support for fast-track but has yet to endorse the deal.
Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.)
Rep. Jim Cooper (Tenn.) — Cooper signed a letter offering support for fast-track but has yet to endorse the deal.
Rep. Suzan DelBene (Wash.)
Rep. Sam Farr (Calif.)
Rep. Denny Heck (Wash.)
Rep. Jim Himes (Conn.)
Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (Texas)
Rep. Steny Hoyer (Md.) — “I’ve not yet made a decision on what I’m going to do. There’s still a bit of time to go and developments to occur,” the House minority whip told Politico.
Rep. Derek Kilmer (Wash.)
Rep. Rick Larsen (Wash.)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.) — “The lack of transparency surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations is troubling. My vote on Trade Promotion Authority depends on the content of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, of which I have very limited information at this time,” Lofgren said in a statement.
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) — Pelosi is the House minority leader.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (Colo.)
Rep. Scott Peters (Calif.) — Labor groups threatened to spend $1 million against Peters’ reelection bid if the swing-district Democrat votes for the trade bill, Politicoreported.
Rep. Collin Peterson (Minn.)
Rep. Cedric Richmond (La.) — Richmond signed a letter offering support for fast-track but has yet to endorse the deal.
Rep. Kurt Schrader (Ore.) — Schrader signed a letter offering support for fast-track but has yet to endorse the deal.
Rep. Terri Sewell (Ala.)
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.)
Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.)
Get to work and start making your phone calls! What are you waiting for??
I’ll be back tomorrow, as will Howie Klein, right here, radio or not!