United States Sen. Deb Fischer believes trade legislation will pass, eventually.
The House has approved so-called “fast track” trade legislation after failing to do so last week.
Fischer notes the defeat late last week came after President Barack Obama made a personal appear to his fellow Democrats.
“I think it was a huge blow to the president and his credibility. It was really done by members of his own party,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call.
A week ago, the House approved the Trade Promotion Authority, but it failed to approve companion pieces of legislation, preventing the package from moving back to the Senate.
This week, the House approved TPA once again and moved the so-called “fast track” bill on to the Senate for further negotiations.
Fischer believes the Senate and House will be able to reach a compromise on trade legislation.
“I believe that we’re going to get the trade bills passed,” Fischer says. “I know that the president has worked with leaders in the Republican Party in trying to get these bills passed.”
Fischer says increasing foreign markets benefits Nebraska, especially the farm sector.
“Nebraskans certainly understand how important trade is to our state and to our state’s economy. So, I am hopeful that we’re going to get it done.”