Sanders and Warren stand tall on trade
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The U.S. Senate today passed the fast-track trade bill and sent it to President Obama for his signature. One wonders if Obama will have a triumphant signing ceremony alongside his close allies and collaborators on this bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers run into major speed bumps on spending bills Budowsky: Donald, Boris, Bibi — The right in retreat Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet MORE (R-Ky.) and House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBoehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush Meadows to be replaced by Biggs as Freedom Caucus leader Scaramucci compares Trump to Jonestown cult leader: 'It's like a hostage crisis inside the White House' MORE (R-Ohio).

On the other hand, as they say, those who believe in fighting for working men and women should give a standing ovation to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Biden allies: Warren is taking a bite out of his electability argument Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi set to unveil drug price plan | Abortion rate in US hits lowest level since Roe v. Wade | Dems threaten to subpoena Juul MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Defense bill talks set to start amid wall fight Biden allies: Warren is taking a bite out of his electability argument MORE (D-Mass.), who waged what The Hill correctly called in a news story her "last stand on trade" — until the next fight begins tomorrow.

Sanders is the presidential candidate who legitimately battles for what one presidential candidate called "hope" and "change you can believe in." Sanders on trade was the conviction politician, talking the talk and walking the walk for true change you can truly believe in.


Warren again lived up to the hopes I had when I supported her election to the Senate. She is indeed the progressive conscience of the Senate, a true leader who fights for working men and women as Sanders does.

While Obama was ridiculing liberals for worrying about jobs lost from trade deals, lobbyists from multinational companies with a history of exporting jobs to low wage nations were lobbying.

Meanwhile, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonQueer Marine veteran launches House bid after incumbent California Rep. Susan Davis announces retirement Poll: Trump neck and neck with top 2020 Democrats in Florida Former immigration judge fined, temporarily banned from federal service for promoting Clinton policies MORE's campaign theme is that she is a fighter for working people. If anyone knows her latest position on fast-track trade legislation, please post it in the comment section; I would be interested in keeping track.

While the president and his Republican allies prepare to celebrate their victory in favor of fast-track trade legislation, I propose — again — a standing ovation for two leaders who are true believers in change we can believe in and true fighters for working men and women: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren!

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. Contact him at