Summary of Senate Votes Last Week re TPA

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The Senate voted, last week, to pass Trade Promotion Authority (fast-track) bill 62 to 37. Here is a summary of all the votes.

48 Republicans and 14 Democrats voted for it. 32 Democrats and 5 Republicans voted against it.

Here are the 14 Democrats:

Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Tom Carper (D-DE)
Chris Coons (D-DE)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Mark Warner (D-VA)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Here are the 5 Republicans:

Susan Collins (R-ME)
Mike Lee (R-UT)
Rand Paul (R-KY)
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)

The cloture vote was nearly identical, the only exception being Ben Cardin.

And before the cloture vote, the Senate voted for a perfecting amendment from Orrin Hatch (R-UT); that roll call was the same as the final one.

Before these final votes, the Senate voted on a series of amendments.

Currency Manipulation

First up were two currency manipulation amendments.

Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) offered their own (and, obviously, much weaker) currency manipulation amendment in order to forestall that of Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH). The administration had issued a veto threat over the Stabenow-Portman amendment because it would be, in the administration's view, prohibitive to TPP negotiations going forward. The Wyden-Hatch amendment also sought to offer political cover to those voting against Stabenow-Portman.

The Wyden-Hatch amendment passed 70 to 29.

The Democratic caucus split in half: 23 for and 23 against.

Here are the 23 who voted for the weak currency manipulation amendment:

Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Tom Carper (D-DE)
Chris Coons (D-DE)
Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Pat Leahy (D-VT)
Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Barb Mikulski (D-MD)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Jon Tester (D-MT)
Mark Warner (D-VA)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)

6 Republicans joined the other 23 Democrats in voting against it:

Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)

Next up was Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) an Rob Portman (R-OH)'s currency manipulation amendment, which would require that any future trade agreements include enforceable currency provisions.

In her press release announcing the amendment, Stabenow explained,

A strong U.S. dollar against a weak foreign currency - particularly one that is artificially weak due to government manipulation - causes foreign products to be cheaper in the United States and for U.S. products to be more expensive in countries that manipulate their currencies. According to Ford, the weak yen gives Japanese automakers an added $6,000 in profit on the average car and as much as $11,000 more profit per vehicle, depending on the make and model.
Additional cosponsors included Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Al Franken (D-MN), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Richard Burr (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Susan Collins (R-ME).
The amendment failed 48 to 51.

36 Democrats and 12 Republicans voted for it. 41 Republicans and 10 Democrats voted against it.

Here are the 10 Democrats:

Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Tom Carper (D-DE)
Chris Coons (D-DE)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Mark Warner (D-VA)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Here are the 12 Republicans:

Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Joni Ernst (R-IA)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)

ISDS

After that, the Senate took up Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)'s amendment to prevent any trade deals that include ISDS from using Fast Track legislation.

It was cosponsored by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Al Franken (D-MN), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ed Markey (D-MA), Gary Peers (D-MI), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

The amendment failed 39 to 60.

38 Democrats and 1 Republican voted for it. 52 Republicans and 8 Democrats voted against it.

That one Republican was Rand Paul (R-KY).

Here are the 8 Democrats:

Tom Carper (D-DE)
Chris Coons (D-DE)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Mark Warner (D-VA)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Docking

Next up was Sherrod Brown (D-OH)'s amendment to require the approval of Congress before additional countries may join the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

It was cosponsored by Bob Casey (D-PA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Gary Peters (D-MI), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).

It failed 47 to 52.

38 Democrats and 9 Republicans voted for it. 44 Republicans and 8 Democrats voted against it.

Here are the 9 Republicans:

Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Rand Paul (R-KY)
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)

Here are the 8 Democrats:

Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Tom Carper (D-DE)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Trade Adjustment Assistance

Jeff Flake (R-AZ) offered an amendment to strike the extension of the trade adjustment assistance program.

It failed 35 to 63 to 1.

That one was Orrin Hatch (R-UT) who voted present.

17 Republicans joined the Democrats in voting against it:

Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV)
Dan Coats (R-IN)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Bob Corker (R-TN)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Dean Heller (R-NV)
John Hoeven (R-ND)
Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Pat Toomey (R-PA)

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