While China continues to manipulate the value of their currency–undermining U.S. manufacturers and costing American jobs–the House Republican leadership is bringing three trade bills today for a vote before allowing a vote on the bipartisan China currency bill that could create more than one million American jobs.
176 Members have signed the discharge petition to force the bill to come to the floor for a vote.
Since the House Republican leadership continues to thwart the bipartisan will of the House, House Democrats forced a vote tonight by offering a Motion to Recommit, sponsored by Reps. Sandy Levin (D-MI) and Mark Critz (D-PA) on the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act (H.R. 639) to:
Create at least one million manufacturing jobs in the U.S.
Level the playing field for American workers and businesses
Enhance our economic and national security – by cutting our trade deficit with China, at no cost to taxpayers
Despite the fact that 61 House Republicans are co-sponsors of the bill, only 4 House Republicans joined 188 House Democrats in voting aye tonight–defeating the motion by a vote of 192-236.
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