Which GOP senators are voting against the TPP?
[National Review] The TPP trade deal is dead, but there’s still time to stop it from going into effect, writes Michael Goodwin.
[Washington Examiner] Senate Republicans are threatening to block the TPP, according to two senators who spoke with The Hill.
They’re calling on President Barack Obama to delay the deal until after November’s midterm elections, in order to ensure that the Republican Party can focus on defeating Democratic candidates in 2018.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told The Hill that he wants the Senate to hold up the deal before it is implemented, but has no plans to make a final decision until after the midterm elections.
“We’re in this election cycle, we’re going to make decisions based on what’s in the best interest of the country and what’s best for the American people, and I’m not going to get into a debate about the merits of any trade agreement,” McConnell said.
“But we are going to try to do everything we can to ensure the outcome of that election.”
The Senate will have 60 votes to block any deal.
McConnell’s comments came in response to a question about whether the Republican leader would delay the TPP before the midterm election in 2018, because it would be easier for the GOP to win the White House than to defeat Democratic candidates.
The White House, however, has yet to commit to voting against TPP, even as the White Senate continues to negotiate the pact with the U.S. Trade Representative.
McConnell is also pushing for Congress to vote against any deal before November’s elections, according, according his office.
“I would suggest to our Republican colleagues, and they can do it for themselves, we would say, ‘Let’s give us a little time.
Let’s make sure we get this done,’ ” McConnell said, according a Hill reporter.
“It is a bipartisan agreement, and it is a good agreement.”
Republicans are also calling on Obama to sign the TPP as soon as possible.
“President Obama needs to move immediately to enact the TPP with his signature and then we will be ready to enact this bill that will stop this trade agreement in its tracks,” Senate Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R–La.) said on Twitter. [The Hill]