U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that chances for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement to get a vote in Congress this year are “pretty slim”.cConnell told reporters at a weekly press briefing that the U.S. presidential campaign has made it increasingly difficult for Congress to consider the controversial trade deal this year as “both the Democratic and Republican candidates for president” are against it.
McConnell said he hasn’t decided on the timing of a TPP vote in the Senate, but suggested that the upper chamber could wait until the next president takes office.
“It’s important to remember the Trade Promotion Authority continues through the next President and the agreement doesn’t die at the end of this year,” he said of the trade legislation passed last summer that would allow the U.S. president to submit trade deals to Congress for an up-or-down vote without amendments.
“It’s still out there to be considered or to be modified,” McConnell said, referring to the trade deal reached between the United States and 11 other Asia-Pacific countries last year, which covers about 40 percent of the global economic output.
McConnell’s comments are in stark contrast to many top officials in the Obama administration, who have urged Congress to approve the TPP as soon as possible.
The TPP involves Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.
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