Copy, Paste: New TPA Bill Nearly Identical to Last Year’s Failed Effort
The TPA bill introduced yesterday is almost identical to the bill introduced in January 2014 by Sens. Baucus and Hatch and Rep. Camp.
See for yourself. This side-by-side comparison of the two bills shows that the legislation essentially changed in only two areas: it includes a negotiating objective on human rights, and it includes what authors describe as a third process to turn off fast track, but only after the agreement is finalized, and even though Congress already holds the authority to change its own rules.
Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin yesterday also released a detailed document laying out how the new TPA bill falls short – just as last year’s version did as well.