WASHINGTON -- If you didn’t know Sen. Sherrod Brown before, you probably do now.
Brown (D-Ohio) has made a name for himself during the Senate fight over President Barack Obama’s trade agenda, and is raising hell with Republicans, who just want to give Obama what he wants –- yes, you read that right.
Brown doesn’t want Congress to approve legislation that would give Obama expedited, or fast-track authority, to win congressional approval for trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership now being negotiated by the U.S. and 11 Pacific nations. Fast track would prohibit amendments to the trade pacts and only allow up-or-down votes.
Brown may not receive as much attention as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is getting in the ongoing fight between Obama's administration and Senate Democrats, but he’s doing everything he can to make drastic changes to the bill that would grant Obama the so-called trade promotion authority.
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