USM professor: Obama now unlikely to get fast track authority

USM professor: Obama now unlikely to get fast track authority

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - President Obama's trade bill went down to defeat in the U.S. House Friday.

It would've given him the power to negotiate global trade deals that Congress could approve or reject, but not change.

The White House called the loss a temporary setback. But, Dr. Edward Sayre, the chairman of the Dept. of Political Science at the University of Southern Mississippi, said it's now doubtful the President will get the "fast track" authority he wants.

"Just given the overall situation where he is, where House members do feel vulnerable, especially those Democrats that often vote against these sorts of provisions, I see it as unlikely this is going to happen again anytime in the near future," said Sayre, who is also an associate professor of economics at USM.

The House did approve negotiating powers for the President, but voted down a bill giving federal aid to workers who might lose their jobs because of imports. Under the rules in effect, both provisions would have had to pass, or neither would be enacted.