June 12, 2015 at 9:36 am
Under the headline, "Republicans Tie Their Favorite Causes to the Trade Agreement," the Times reports on the front of its business section:
With a final House showdown coming on Friday on President Obama's push for accelerated power to pursue a sweeping trade agreement, the vote brokering has begun — and it is all tilting to the right.
For Representative F. James Sensenbrenner, Republican of Wisconsin, there is language promising that no trade deals can compel the United States to address climate change. For anti-immigrant firebrand Steve King, Republican of Iowa, another provision would prohibit future trade deals from loosening immigration laws or expanding visa access.
Representative Peter Roskam, Republican of Illinois, demanded a measure prioritizing trade relations with Israel and discouraging United States trading partners from boycotting, divesting from or sanctioning the Jewish state.
It's not entirely clear to me why the Times describes "discouraging United States trading partners from boycotting, divesting from or sanctioning the Jewish state" as a cause demonstrating a "tilt to the right." Opposition to such sanctions and boycotts is certainly not limited to the right; it is also present widely on the left.
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