The bill that failed actually referred to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which very obviously has little to do with the UK or EU, but the implications of the vote are significant for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as well, because it would very likely suffer a similar defeat. The TTIP is a trade deal between the EU and USA.
I warmly welcome this decision, backed by many US Democrat Senators who share my concerns about these treaties.
I am also aware of the paradoxical nature of that comment, precisely because I do not know what the TTIP says, and nor do those Senators.
The Senators do know what is in the TTIP. Because they are extensively briefed upon, they can go read, exactly what is in it. They’re not allowed to go public with that knowledge (seriously, who would negotiate a deal in the open? Where every special interest group gets to shout about each and every comma?) but Congress as a whole and every elected member of Congress as an individual has full and complete access to every single line of both the proposed treaty (ies) and all negotiating positions.
Ritchie and reality, not very connected at all, eh?