Congress was told they had to approve the Affordable Health Care Act to find out what was in the legislation. Now there is some confusion that Congress is being asked to sign trade bills without knowing the content. Nebraska U-S Senator Ben Sasse says those sources are getting two different bills confused.
Sen. Sasse says, “There are two different things being discussed in Congress. One at present and one will come in about six months so all of the secrecy claims are inaccurate because it is about things down the road.”
Sen. Sasse says the U-S Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority and that now goes to the U-S House. The legislation that is receiving a lot of attention is the Trans Pacific Partnership. Senator Sasse says, “Some of that is still secret because the administration is only starting to negotiate big components of it. They have been doing it for a while but there is still a long way to go with the twelve Trans-Pacific nations. Congress isn’t voting on that yet. We would vote on that on an up or down basis once we know what is in it.”
Sen. Sasse says the Trans Pacific Partnership legislation won’t likely be done for another six months.