Baucus under pressure to reject fast track

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusFarmers hit Trump on trade in new ad Feinstein’s trouble underlines Democratic Party’s shift to left 2020 Dems pose a big dilemma for Schumer MORE  (D-Mont.) is being put under pressure from Democrats in his state to reject an extension of fast-track trade authority, which expires this summer.

The Montana state Senate, controlled by Democrats, this week approved a resolution asking Congress to create a replacement for fast track in which trade deals could be considered only in up-or-down votes.

Baucus has been open to granting the Bush administration new authority under certain conditions. A Baucus spokeswoman said this would include stronger labor and environmental provisions and a greater role for Congress.

Joel Barkin, executive director of the Progressive States Network (PSN), which lobbied for Democratic state Sen. Joe Elliott’s bill, said the Senate vote should be seen as a message to Baucus. He also contrasted the positions of Baucus and freshman Montana Democrat Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterSenate GOP: We will grow our majority in midterms Senate passes bipartisan bill to roll back Dodd-Frank Green Party Senate candidate was previously on state GOP payroll: report MORE, whom PSN is honoring at its annual meeting in April. Tester has been quoted in the Sydney (Mont.) Herald as “against fast track.”