De Blasio Defends Involvement in National Progressive Agenda

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) said the coalition behind de Blasio’s progressive agenda could be “the beginning of a revolution.”

Another part of the agenda calls for lawmakers to “oppose trade deals that hand more power to corporations at the expense of American jobs, workers’ rights, and the environment.”

The White House and Congress are currently debating the passage of a trade deal.

“When you have trade pacts as we have had for the last 20 years that make workers compete with people making 30 cents a day and the company says if you demand a decent wage we will move to Vietnam, that’s income inequality and it’s inequality of opportunity and that’s what produces all the benefits of recovery of the recession going to the top 1 percent. We will not stand for it,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.).

Sen. Warren has expressed opposition to granting President Obama more authority in negotiating trade pacts. Obama recently said her position is “absolutely wrong.”

De Blasio said he supports Warren’s position on the trade deal pending in Congress.

“I think the bottom line on trade is I couldn’t agree more with Elizabeth Warren and progressives who are saying they’re deeply concerned about this trade deal. We all live in the shadow of NAFTA. It’s as simple as that. We all saw a deal previously that was supposed to strengthen the economic hand of American workers and undermined American workers profoundly,” he said. “There’s honest concern that this trade deal could do the same thing.”