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Like Zika, other major unfinished business as Congress left for summer is TPP

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Anyone paying attention to Florida politics right now knows that Congress is on summer recess until Labor Day. We know this because we are constantly being reminded by Democratic politicians that Congress broke for six weeks without passing a Zika funding bill. While Zika is the current football being passed to and fro in our politics, it is worth noting that Congress adjourned without passing another piece of legislation with big, long- and short-term consequences: the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement,…

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Gus Bilirakis justifies his vote to support Trade Promotional Authority

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The House of Representatives earlier today narrowly voted 218-202 to pass the Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, which approves Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). It’s a victory for President Obama, a week after a previous attempt to approve fast-track authority was blocked by House Democrats concerned that the trade deal would not do enough to protect American workers. That same opposition among members of his own party hasn’t dissipated. Only 28 Democrats voted for the bill, with the overwhelming support coming from…

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