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Senators demand retailers crack down on port trucking operations

Excerpts from Freight Waves:

The USA Today investigation into port trucking operations in California set off a firestorm of controversy – ranging from how dare trucking companies take advantage of hard-working drivers to views that the article misrepresented not only port truckers, but trucking companies in general.

Just when it seemed the controversy had subsided, […]

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Sen. Murray says Trump’s NLRB nominees take ‘anti-union, anti-worker’ stands

Excerpts from an article titled ‘NLRB nominees avoid answering tough question’ in Work Day Minnesota:

In a multi-hour exhibition of evasion, President Trump’s two nominees to the National Labor Relations Board spent several hours before the Senate Labor Committee ducking, bobbing and weaving and generally avoiding answering tough labor law questions from the committee’s Democrats.

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How has your Senator voted on Trump nominees so far?

The New York Times makes it easy to find out where our Senators stand:

The Senate has confirmed each of President Trump’s nominees that it has voted on so far. Fifteen members of the cabinet and eight other top administration posts require Senate confirmation.

All but three of the “no” votes have come from […]

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Trump’s Transportation secretary pick Elaine Chao confirmed in Senate, six Democrats vote no

Excerpts from the Washington Post:

On Tuesday, Elaine Chao was confirmed as secretary of Transportation. … But unanimity was not to be.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., voted no, as did Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, N.Y., Jeff Merkley, Ore., Elizabeth Warren, Mass., Cory Booker, N.J., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

The vote was 93 to […]

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Senate Democrats settle on leadership team, Sanders elevated

Excerpts from Politico:

Facing a party in turmoil, with moderates and progressives battling to sway its direction after a devastating election, incoming Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer decided to try to make everyone happy.

The newly elected top Senate Democrat navigated a potentially messy fight between two party leaders on Wednesday and expanded his […]

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Opinion: How Elizabeth Warren would expand trade with Asia

From columnist Peter Orszag at Bloobmerg View:

News flash: Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts ardently favors a policy change that could materially expand trade with Asia and lower the prices of foreign goods sold in Boston and throughout the U.S.

No, I’m not talking about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. I’m talking about the deepening of Boston’s […]

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Coalition of U.S. senators say improving labor standards must be key part of trade negotiations

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) joined a group of senators in urging the United States Trade Representative to include strong labor protections as part of the negotiation over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying that many parts of the proposed agreement currently fall short of acceptable labor standards.

In a letter to Ambassador Michael Froman, fourteen […]

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President Obama dismisses Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Investor-State Dispute Settlement’ warning on TPP

U.S. President Barack Obama pushed back against Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for her increasingly vocal attacks against a massive trade deal the president is seeking with 11 Pacific Rim nations. In an interview with columnist Matt Bai published Saturday, Obama accused his party’s most outspoken critic of his global trade policy of “being a […]

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Hillary Clinton agrees with Elizabeth Warren on trade dispute with Obama

Hillary Clinton is opposed to a critical piece of the Obama administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would give corporations the right to sue sovereign nations over laws or regulations that could potentially curb their profits.

Clinton writes in her book ‘Hard Choices’:

We should avoid some of the provisions sought by business interests, including our own, […]

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose

A police woman removes a woman protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Capitol Hill in Washington January 27, 2015. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Excepts from an opinion piece in the Washington Post by Senator Elizabeth Warren:

The United States is in the final stages of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive free-trade agreement with Mexico, Canada, […]

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Thanks to WikiLeaks, we see just how bad TPP trade deal is for regular people

From The Guardian:

The more you know about the odious Trans-Pacific Partnership, the less you’ll like it. It’s made for corporate intellectual property and profits

No clearer demonstration of the real White House view is offered than a just-leaked draft of an international treaty that would, as many had feared, create draconian new rights for […]

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Warren on Trans-Pacific Partnership: If people knew what was going on, they would stop it

“I am deeply concerned about the transparency record of the U.S. Trade Representative and with one ongoing trade agreement in particular — the Trans-Pacific Partnership.” — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Wednesday voiced her opposition to President Barack Obama’s top international trade nominee because of a secretive free trade agreement.

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