Marco Rubio Casts Deciding Vote for Obamatrade without Reading the Bill

Marco Rubio decided it was his duty to support Obamatrade based on what he thinks (or hopes) is in the law.

You may remember that Mark Horne wrote in January, “Republicans Want to Pass Obamatrade to Find Out What’s in Obamatrade.” Basically, people in Congress were defending the bill, promoting the bill, and planning to vote for the bill without having read the text of the bill.

And now we get this from The Marshall Report: “Marco Rubio Screwed America, Big Time!

Marco Rubio what have you done?

Little boy Senator Marco Rubio cast the deciding vote for Obamatrade on Tuesday as it squeeked through the U.S. Senate 60-37 and he did not even read the bill.

The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill that would fast-track at least three highly secretive trade deals that Obama has been negotiating for years.  TPA will, now that it’s going to pass, effectively ensure the congressional approval of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). The text of the TiSA and T-TIP agreements is currently entirely secretive, even to lawmakers on Capitol Hill and their staffs, though WikiLeaks did uncover several TiSA documents that leaked and prove the deal would surrender congressional power over U.S. immigration policy to the executive branch and perhaps to a newly created transnational entity. confirms the story, pointing out that in many other cases Rubio hasn’t bothered to show up and vote in the Senate.

However, while Rubio has been busy campaigning, and fundraising with Silicon Valley billionaires, there was one vote he made sure not to miss: Senator Rubio cast the 60th and deciding vote for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The TPA would cede Congress’s power to negotiate trade deals to President Obama in order to grease the speedy passage of globalist trade pacts favored by big business special interest groups and corporatist donors.

Rubio voting record (or his lack of one except in special cases like the TPA) is what caused Donald Trump to attack him as a “clown”—along with his record on immigration.