Industries Supporting Trade Bill Contribute Nearly Nine Times More Than Opposing Industries

On June 12, the House of Representatives voted down a trade-related provision effectively halting a major trade package, the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), that would grant President Obama broad authority to negotiate and finalize trade agreements with Pacific Rim countries and the European Union.

Representatives voted 126-302 against a section of the bill, the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), that would grant financial assistance to workers displaced by trade. The provision, which was included in the Senate version the bill, H.R. 1314, and passed on May 22, 2015, must pass before the full trade billcan go to the president for his signature.

The House is expected to reconsider the TAA early next week.

  • Industries supporting the Senate-passed version of H.R. 1314 have given 8.6 times more money ($197.9M) to current members of the House of Representatives compared to industries opposing the bill ($23.1M).

The chart below examines the campaign contributions given to each member of the House of Representatives from industries in support of and opposition to the Senate-passed version of H.R. 1314.