From the Huffington Post:
by Akbar Shahid Ahmed, Ryan Grim and Laura Barron-Lopez
Posted: 05/26/2015 6:28 pm EDT Updated: 05/27/2015 8:59 am EDT
“WASHINGTON — On Friday night, in an impressive display of dysfunction, the U.S. Senate approved a controversial trade bill with a provision that the White House, Senate leadership and the author of the language himself wanted taken out.
The provision, which bars countries that engage in slavery from being part of major trade deals with the U.S., was written by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). At the insistence of the White House, Menendez agreed to modify his language to say that as long as a country is taking ‘concrete’ steps toward reducing human trafficking and forced labor, it can be part of a trade deal. Under the original language, the country that would be excluded from the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership pact is Malaysia.”
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