WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — The White House has announced its partial opposition to a new bipartisan trade bill because of a portion of the legislation that would strengthen the U.S.-Israel economic relationship, according to a statement issued late Thursday.
The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, which the White House says it mostly supports, overwhelmingly passed on a bipartisan vote.
“The president intends to sign H.R.644 into law to help strengthen enforcement of the rules and level the playing field for American workers and businesses,” the statement reads.
However, a portion of the bill that seeks to enhance U.S.-Israeli economic ties drew criticism from the White House, which announced that it would not support these new provisions.
The White House did not explicitly express its opposition to any other part of the comprehensive trade legislation.