10 May TPP Supporters Re-Evaluate Strategy For Passage
There are more roadblocks emerging for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Each of the remaining serious presidential candidates has said the trade deal is a no-go — including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who helped with the negotiations under President Barack Obama. Now, with Donald Trump the de-facto nominee for the Republican party, Congressional leaders are left with a serious dilemma and facing a strategy overhaul to get the deal approved.
Initially some industry experts were focused on getting the deal passed in May and June, ahead of the summer recess and lame-duck Congressional session, but with Trump’s Indiana victory, it looks like some are eyeing the session after the election to see if the GOP can hold onto the Senate. It was always a concern by Congressional leaders that a vote on the trade bill could put some key senators and representatives in contested districts at risk come November, and Trump’s future nomination seems to be exacerbating the concerns.