The U.S. Senate today passed the fast-track trade bill and sent it to President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDemocrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown Biden nominates Jane Hartley as ambassador to UK To boost economy and midterm outlook, Democrats must pass clean energy bill MORE 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 McConnellDemocrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown Mellman: Voting rights or the filibuster? Budowsky: To Dems: Run against the do-nothing GOP, Senate MORE (R-Ky.) and House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDemocrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit Stopping the next insurrection Biden, lawmakers mourn Harry Reid 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 SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Schumer tees up doomed election reform vote Schumer prepares for Senate floor showdown with Manchin, Sinema White House to make 400 million N95 masks available for free MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenLobbying world Sanders open to supporting primary challengers against Manchin and Sinema Warren dodges on whether Sinema, Manchin should be challenged in primaries 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 ClintonThe dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.