Friday, May 29, 2015

The dozen Dems who'll decide Obama's trade deal

Scan the ranks of House Democrats and you’d be hard-pressed to find a lawmaker more loyal to President Barack Obama than Jim Clyburn — during the 2008 presidential primary the South Carolinian even incurred the wrath of Bill Clinton over his perceived support for the then-junior senator from Illinois.

Yet as the biggest legislative battle of the president’s final years in office unfolds in Congress — whether to give him the authority to clinch the largest free trade agreement in history — Clyburn is refusing so far to get Obama’s back. The No. 3 House Democrat is remaining neutral on trade promotion authority, despite being summoned with other black Democrats to the Oval Office recently to hear directly from the president.

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