The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) might not get a vote until after the 2016 elections according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He says it may not even get a vote until after President Obama leaves office.
There's a lot of push-back against the TPP. McConnell opposes provisions that hurt the tobacco industry and Republicans are wary of helping the President score a legacy trade win.
Democrats also are against the bill because of labor and environmental conflicts and the Presidential candidates may not want a vote during next spring's primaries.
The American Farm Bureau trade adviser Dave Salmonsen says, "Senator McConnell is just saying there are issues that different groups want addressed even after the agreement's been signed. They want some more effort on these and then unless those are looked at and something is done about them it'll be hard to put together the support necessary to get enough votes for passage."
Salmonsen says after elections there might be other challenges, "If this is a chance to finally get this done after all the political pressures are off and maybe there'll be changes in control, this looks like it may be the only opportunity to move it. Then that may be an argument to try and get it done in the lame duck. I think the other argument to that always is lots of issues get put aside during an election year and the lame duck calendar tends to be pretty crowded."