Posted following Thursday evening’s near-defeat of Obamatrade on a rule vote, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) told Breitbart News exclusively that what had just happened was extraordinarily significant.
“A lot of people in the media don’t understand the rule vote… it was kind of a big deal,” he said. “This was a very unique rule where we have a bill that came from the Senate, and the bill that came from the Senate has no opportunity to pass the House of Representatives—it just can’t pass.”
Bridenstine explained that the reason the Senate’s bill can’t pass in the House is because it has Trade Adjustment Authority, which is over 2 billion dollars of welfare for people who lose their jobs when President Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal is passed.
Part of this was financed with Medicare cuts in the Senate bill, but House leadership wheeled and dealed to get Democrat votes, selling out Republicans’s campaign issue in 2016.
“There was another provision today that passed that actually changed that because the Democrats didn’t want that to come from Medicare, so they changed that to now they’re going to change the way they collect taxes… and I really didn’t understand how they were planning to do that, and it came about at the last minute,” Bridenstine explained.
“The Democrats that were upset about the sequester on Medicare in order to pay for Trade Adjustment Authority…they were able to get the Republicans to change the revenue—so now the revenue comes from some better way of collecting taxes.”
The fact that now the way TAA is being financed comes from small business taxes, “is the ultimate betrayal,” according to Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government.