Frustration is mounting among GOP leaders that Big Business is getting outfoxed by Big Labor.
Top House Republicans believe the business community is blowing its chance to clinch a trade deal.
[Reposted from Politico | Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman | May 18, 2015]
Unlike unions, they say, Big Business advocates aren’t flooding Capitol phone lines. They’re not winning over skeptical Republicans. And they haven’t made much headway with business-friendly Democrats who are considering voting for the package, either.
That threatens to create a dangerous reality for supporters of a sweeping trade deal with Pacific Rim nations: that it will become more politically tenable for Republicans to be against trade promotion authority legislation than for it.
The chorus of GOP complaints — striking considering the typically close ties between Republican leadership and Big Business — is coming from all over the Capitol. But it’s loudest on the House side.