TPA Moves Ahead With Some Ex-Im Grease

So a six-year Trade Promotion Authority bill got a green light in the Senate today by a narrow 62-38 vote (over a potential filibuster), but not until Mitch McConnell promised a separate vote on reauthorization of the Export-Import bank, pressed especially by senators from states with a big presence of perennial Exim beneficiary Boeing. The biggest push seemed to be from (unsurprisingly) Washington Democrats Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray (Boeing is headquartered in Seattle), and from that best friend of the military-industrial complex, Lindsey Graham.

This almost certainly means TPA will clear the Senate before the Memorial Day recess, though prospects in the House remain cloudy. But today’s vote was a good example of how old-fashioned log-rolling still occasionally works.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.