Ted Cruz Reverses Course on TPA – is Now a “NO” Vote!

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) published an op-ed at Breitbart.com on Tuesday explaining why he was reversing course on TPA. The Senator had been a supporter of TPA until now, explaining that he felt the free trade agreement was an important part of our future and necessary to move us forward economically. However, in recent days, the process and the trade deal seem to have become corrupted by backroom Washington, D.C. dealing and the Senator no longer has confidence that TPA will be an aggregate good for America. He announced his opposition on Facebook, while directing his followers to his article at Breitbart.


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 As a general matter, I agree (as did Ronald Reagan) that free trade is good for America; when we open up foreign markets, it helps American farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers.

But TPA in this Congress has become enmeshed in corrupt Washington backroom deal-making, along with serious concerns that it would open up the potential for sweeping changes in our laws that trade agreements typically do not include.

Since the Senate first voted on TPA, there have been two material changes…

TedCruzFirst, WikiLeaks subsequently revealed new troubling information regarding the Trade in Services Agreement, or TiSA, one of the trade deals being negotiated by Obama…

Second, TPA’s progress through the House and Senate appears to have been made possible by secret deals between Republican Leadership and the Democrats…

Enough is enough. I cannot vote for TPA unless McConnell and Boehner both commit publicly to allow the Ex-Im Bank to expire—and stay expired. And, Congress must also pass the Cruz-Sessions amendments to TPA to ensure that no trade agreement can try to back-door changes to our immigration laws. Otherwise, I will have no choice but to vote no.

There’s too much corporate welfare, too much cronyism and corrupt dealmaking, by the Washington cartel. For too long, career politicians in both parties have supported government of the lobbyist, by the lobbyist, and for the lobbyist – at the expense of the taxpayers. It’s a time for truth. And a time to honor our commitments to the voters.


There is much more from Senator Cruz in his piece at Breitbart, including a far more detailed description of the problems that have arisen around TPA. Needless to say, his opposition stems more from corruption within Republican ranks than anything else, and it’s sad to see it come to this. Free trade is important for our future, but Republican complicity with Democrats to intervene in the market has ruined any hope for TRUE free trade. If all that Senator Cruz writes is true, he is right to walk away from TPA as quickly as he can.


Read Senator Cruz’s entire op-ed at Breitbart.com.

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