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Economists Actually Agree on This: The Wisdom of Free Trade

Posted April 27, 2015

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Gregory Mankiw – New York Times)

If Congress were to take an exam in Economics 101, would it pass? We are about to find out.

The issue at hand is whether Congress will give President Obama “fast track” authority to negotiate a trade deal with our trading partners in the Pacific. The bill is favored by some congressional leaders of both parties, including Senator Orrin G. Hatch, the Republican chairman of the Finance Committee, Senator Ron Wyden, the committee’s ranking Democrat, and Representative Paul D. Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

House and Senate committees approved versions of the legislation last week. But with influential lawmakers like Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, opposed to the measure, final congressional approval is far from certain. Click here to read more.

Related: Mr. Obama’s Trade Fight (Washington Post)