White House Writes Off Stalled Trade Bill As a 'Procedural Snafu'

Press Secretary Josh Earnest says he's hopeful the Senate can reach bipartisan consensus on bill.
1:54 | 05/12/15

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Transcript for White House Writes Off Stalled Trade Bill As a 'Procedural Snafu'
You called this issue with that the trade bill a snafu. For a procedural snafu. A procedural snafu remind me what we're what do snuff food stamps or. This is favorite program but for the first reverse situation normal I believe right. But this isn't at. Core of the problem here that. Prominent. Some of the most prominent figures in the president's party on Capitol Hill are simply not with him on this. It's not Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders a left and it's. It's contribution there aren't sure. Yet but I think that with a little leadership in of course Elizabeth Warren's now member of the leadership but. Oh yeah I would it. Knowledge that there are there are a number of Democrats who denied and his fourth this legislation. But what I would also. Quickly follow up to say. Is that that's the president's view that there is ample reason for Democrats to support. Legislation that would give him the authority to complete the TPP negotiations in the authority that's necessary to enforce whatever agreement is reached. So what what what did you say but the president's power of persuasion with his own party right now that that that the most prominent players on Capitol Hill. Don't agree with him on this or not convinced by his arguments on this. And the most prominent player outside Hillary Clinton won't even step forward to to make the K street and you know. Say she agrees with president. I think what I would do Johnson would urge you two withhold judgment about the president's persuasion ability. Until we've had an opportunity to try to advance this piece legislation through this. I've. I would I'm not a prediction business particularly when it comes to actions that are taken on Capitol Hill but I think the president make clear that he considers this be a domestic priority principally because. Of the positive impact it would have on expanding economic opportunity. For American businesses and American work.

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