Obama's own party revolts, asking him to reconsider a new free trade agreement that would ban "buy American" policies. Why are democrats revolting against Obama?
WASHINGTON -- A group of 68 House Democrats and one Republican sent a
letter to President Barack Obama on Thursday urging him to reconsider
an element of the controversial free trade agreement currently being
negotiated by the administration. If approved in its current form, the
pact would effectively ban "Buy American" policies in government contracting.
Although the deal, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, has
received relatively little media attention in the United States, it has
sparked international friction among consumer groups and environmental
activists who worry that terms demanded by the Obama administration will
eliminate important public protections. Domestically, however, the
deal's primary source of political tension is from a portion that could
ban "Buy American" provisions -- a restriction that opponents emphasize
would crimp U.S. jobs
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