Congressional Leaders Subverting Regular Procedure to Rush Through Fast Track Authority?

Is fast track being fast tracked? George Zornick at the Nation today suggests that the fast track authority for President Barack Obama to enter the United States into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive, wide-scope international agreement, may soon be rushed through Congress without adequate opportunity for Congress members and the American people to consider the matter. This circumvention of regular process in Congress and of public scrutiny should not be a surprise given that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) support the granting of this presidential power that Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), a Ron Paul Institute Advisory Board member, calls “absolutely a threat on our Constitution, on our sovereignty.”

Read here Zornick’s article detailing the subversion of regular process, including through holding a Senate committee hearing on the fast track bill before the bill is even available to read, in order to obtain quick Senate approval of the fast track authority.

Michael McAuliff provides in the Huffington Post additional details regarding Senate chicanery that appeared suddenly today concerning the fast track legislation.

Continue reading at the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

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