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Did Corporate Donations Get TPP Fast-Track Bill Through Senate?

| by Michael Allen

In May, the U.S. Senate passed the Trade Promotion Authority, which is a bill to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership bill, but lawmakers were unsuccessful in closing the debate on the TPA bill last week.

On June 24 the Senate voted 62 to 38 to close the TPA debate, which will allow TPP to be fast-tracked, noted The Guardian.

The fast-track authority means there will not be any changes or amendments added onto the TPP bill, which most in Congress have not read.

The Obama administration pushed hard for the fast-track, but it also appears corporate America greased the wheels.

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RawStory.com noted that information compiled by Taylor Channing from the Federal Election Commission showed sizable donations made to Republican and Democrat senators by the U.S. Business Coalition, a TPP lobbying group, between January and March.

RawStory.com reported:

"Ron Wyden and seven other Senate Democrats announced they were on the fence on 12 May ...In just 24 hours, Wyden and five of those Democratic holdouts — Michael Bennet of Colorado, Dianne Feinstein of California, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Patty Murray of Washington, and Bill Nelson of Florida — caved and voted for fast-track.

"Bennet, Murray, and Wyden — all running for re-election in 2016 — received $105,900 between the three of them. Bennet, who comes from the more purple state of Colorado, got $53,700 in corporate campaign donations between January and March 2015, according to Channing’s research."

Sources: The Guardian, RawStory.com, Taylor Channing
Image Credit: Milad Mosapoor