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Not Enough Votes to Pass TPP


House Speaker Paul Ryan said this week his chamber does not have the votes yet to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Wisconsin Republican also said lawmakers have a long list of issues regarding the TPP, which was signed last week in New Zealand. Currently, the trade agreement faces opposition from a majority of Democrats on Capitol Hill and presidential candidates in both parties. Some are pressing the White House to make changes to the deal to ensure passage, according to The Hill. However, congressional leaders still don’t expect a vote until after the November Elections. Congress can only pass or fail the agreement under the terms set by Trade Promotion Authority which was passed by Congress last year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch both have said they want to get the deal done, but not without addressing their concerns. Ryan and McConnell met with the President at the White House last week to discuss trade and other issues facing Congress in the final year of his presidency.