Reprinted from Campaign For America's Future
One day after presidential candidate Hillary Clinton strongly underscored her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership in a speech in Detroit, President Obama officially started the clock on a lame-duck congressional vote on that agreement.
Politico has the story, headlined "Obama puts Congress on notice: TPP is coming":
"The White House put Congress on notice Friday morning that it will be sending lawmakers a bill to implement President Barack Obama's landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement -- a move intended to infuse new energy into efforts to ratify the flatlining trade pact.
"The submission of the draft Statement of Administration Action establishes a 30-day minimum before the administration can present the legislation, but it is unlikely to do so amid the heated rhetoric of a presidential campaign that has depicted free trade deals as major job killers."
Here is the timeline, as described by Politico:
"Once Congress reviews the draft statement, the administration can move forward with sending lawmakers a final statement and the draft of the implementing bill itself, which will describe the actual changes to U.S. law to comply with the rules of the trade agreement.
"After that, the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees could hold 'mock markups' of the bill (because under trade promotion authority, Congress is not actually allowed to tinker with the agreement or its implementing legislation itself, but it can ask the administration to do so). But given the tenor of the elections, the entire process could be pushed into a crowded lame-duck legislation session, which would mean no time for the mock markups and, instead, a lot of deal-making between the White House and congressional leadership to move the bill before Clinton or [Donald] Trump take over on Jan. 20."
So, the countdown to a lame-duck vote on TPP is officially underway.
Sanders Pledges To Do Everything He Can To Stop A Lame-Duck Vote
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pledged to do everything he can to stop it. The Hill has that story:
"'It is now time for the leadership of the Democratic Party in the Senate and the House to join Secretary Clinton and go on the record in opposition to holding a vote on this job-killing trade deal during the lame-duck session of Congress and beyond,' Sanders, a former White House contender, said in a statement Friday.
"... Sanders, pledging to do 'everything I can' to block the trade deal, added Friday that he is 'disappointed' the Obama administration is 'pushing forward' with TPP.
"'[They] continue pushing forward on the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that will cost American jobs, harm the environment, increase the cost of prescription drugs and threaten our ability to protect public health,' he said."
Clinton Has More To Do