Updated 6:21 p.m. | The pathway to Senate passage of legislation to restore “fast-track” authority for trade authority is full of obstacles, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to avoid any more.
A proposal from Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., to attach language related to reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank to the trade package pending on the floor generated discussion at Tuesday’s Republican conference lunch, and McConnell emerged saying the trade bill wasn’t the right venue for a debate over the lending agency’s future .
“It shouldn’t be on TPA because that would be another undue burden to TPA, which has been a challenging enough exercise, as you know, already,” the Kentucky Republican said.
“I am not a supporter of Ex-Im, but what I’ve said was that I think they’re entitled to their vote,” McConnell said. “We’ll be working with the supporters of the Ex-Im Bank to make sure they have an opportunity to see where the votes are in the Senate.”