Minority Leader Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi stood strong on the side of American workers and voted against the President, as did most of Virginia’s Congressional delegation. Five of Virginia’s Congressional Representatives voted in support of the President’s bill to give him fast track authority, with three of them being Republicans. [read_more] They were Democrats Gerry Connolly and Don Beyer and Republicans Barbara Comstock, Robert Hurt, and Scott Rigell. Complete vote in the House here.
The President took unusual steps to lobby Congress for the passage of the bill, including attending a Congressional softball game yesterday and lobbying on the Hill today. This was a huge defeat for Obama and may doom his fast track authority to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.