President Obama and his party are heading opposite ways over the proposed trade deal with Asia known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Yesterday, all but one Democratic Senator voted against the fast-track authority the White House says is essential to the deal's passage. The vote displayed the growing power of the progressive, anti-free trade, wing of the Democratic party. It also left the President in the odd position of being caught in a dispute between the parties, while standing on the side of Congressional Republicans.
Will a compromise be reached allowing a straight up or down vote on the pact? Is the deal's only chance for passage the fast-track up and down vote the President wants?
Mireya Solis, Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies and a senior fellow on foreign policy in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution
Shane Larson, legislative director for the Communications Workers of America, a labor union representing 700,000 workers in telecom, media, airlines, and manufacturing