Friday, April 3, 2015
April 3, 2015: Derailing Fast Track 9-0: Seattle City Council Takes on Obama's Free Trade Agenda
The vote was 9 to 0 against Obama's request for trade promotion authority commonly called “fast track”. The Seattle City Council vote followed a similar resolution passed earlier by a smaller port city in Washington, Bellingham, and follows those passed in Hollywood and Berkeley, California; Madison, Wisconsin; and others. The resolutions may be symbolic – trade agreements are written by industry advisers and signed off at the federal level – but Seattle's vote is considered significant coming from a state that often bills itself as the nation's most trade dependent.