Rep. Paul Ryan (R- WI), the House Ways & Means Committee Chairman, shared some choice words for conservative media while appearing on Fox News.
“Let’s talk about trade. Very odd situation– the President is fighting without Rep. Nancy Pelosi, without Rep. Steny Hoyer, with Republicans to get his trade authority passed through,” said Brian Kilmeade. “You’ve already discovered through Breitbart and others that there were some provisions in there for climate change, provisions in there for immigration. You’ve looked to knock that out and push this forward. Where are you at with trade authority? And are you questioning your own support of it?”
“Look, first of all, don’t believe everything you read on the internet, Brian. just let me give you a little tip there. Second of all, this is why we need to pass Trade Promotion Authority. What we have in Trade Promotion Authority is a prevention of any immigration changes, of any climate change legislation going into a trade agreement. So by passing Trade Promotion Authority, we’re putting congress in the driver’s seat which is transparency.
“We need to see the documents, the country needs to see these trade agreements—60 days. Oh, and you cannot put any immigration in here and you can’t put any climate change in a trade agreement. So, this is why we want to pass Trade Promotion Authority, so we can determine the outcome of these trade agreements not what’s happening out there right now. That’s why we’re asserting power and control here. Look a broken clock is right twice a day. The president is actually supporting trade, which is what Republicans are in favor of and that’s why we are where we are.”
Kilmeade did not back down from questioning Ryan. “One of the things on the internet – so you can tell us whether or not it’s true. So, for the most part everybody on Capitol Hill is in the dark … you don’t really know what’s in it yet, because you haven’t seen it, so it’s hard to support it one way or another?”
“No, no, no,” Ryan said. “There’s a lot of confusion. Trade Promotion Authority—what we’re voting on this week—is a process. It’s not a trade agreement. It’s a procedure for how you consider trade agreement. The Trans Pacific Partnership – it doesn’t exist yet. The reason we can’t see it yet is because it hasn’t been negotiated yet – it doesn’t exist yet. It’s been negotiated for years. Bush started these negotiations,” Ryan explained.
Ryan explained that the vote wasn’t on an idea, but a procedure:
“No we’re voting on a procedure,” Ryan said. “How does Congress consider trade agreements? Then in the fall, probably in the fall, we’ll consider a trade agreement—which hasn’t been completed yet. That’s why we don’t know what’s in it because it doesn’t exist yet.”
Ryan apparently wants Americans to trust Congress and not trust news sources including Breitbart and Truth In Media. For nearly two years, Truth In Media has been reporting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to inform the public on the secrecy of the treaty and the dangers of giving a U.S. president ‘fast-track’ authority.
Read more about Truth In Media’s coverage of TPP here.
Last Thursday the Democrats, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and a few liberty-minded Republicans like Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), halted the fast-track bill.
Duncan, noting an “interesting development on the House Floor,” wrote that “Despite aggressive lobbying from the President and a personal visit to Capitol Hill this morning, TAA was rejected by a stunning vote of 126-302 (I voted no).”
“The president has some work yet to do with his party to complete this process,” said Ryan. “This isn’t over yet.”