July 20, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – Labor unions and sympathetic Congress members launched a campaign July 15 intended to forestall a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership during the “lame duck” session after the November election.
The Obama administration has been “engaging in a really very aggressive lobbying” campaign for the 12-nation trade deal, said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.). While both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have said they oppose the TPP, the Democratic platform committee rejected language specifically against a lame-duck vote. The union campaign will combine educating union members with pressuring political candidates to oppose the deal. If there is a vote, the deal could be passed by a coalition similar to the one that gave the President “fast-track” authority on it last year—a mix of Republicans and centrist Democrats. “Our hope is that there is no vote,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said July 14. But if there is, he added, “We’re prepared and ready to fight.” Read more