Latest TPP news from the US

9 August 2016

Key Congress figures say the numbers don’t add up

The latest news is that House Speaker and Republican Paul Ryan has said that there is no point bringing the TPP vote during a post-election “lame duck” session of Congress, because the numbers don’t stack up.  This is a session of the pre-election Congress representatives could hold after the November presidential election until January, before the new President and Congress come into office.

“As long as we don’t have the votes, I see no point in bringing up an agreement only to defeat it,” Mr Ryan said in a radio interview.

Earlier, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConell also told The Washington Post that it would be virtually impossible to pass the TPP in a lame duck session.

And when US Vice President Joe Biden was in Australia last month he tried to maintain optimism around the deal but admitted “it’s going to be hard to pass in both our countries, maybe not as hard for you, we’re going to try do a lame duck session in the US congress.”

A political hot potato

Activists on the left and the right continue to campaign against the TPP, even though both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have publicly come out against the deal.

TPP protesters made big news at the recent Democratic convention, chanting “no no TPP” and carrying signs. After the convention, in answer to claims that she will change her mind on the TPP, Clinton reaffirmed her opposition.

Where to from here?

All the signs are pointing to the TPP not making it through the US Congress in a lame duck session, and neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump wanting to touch the deal in its current form once their term starts in January.

However, it’s also clear that the Turnbull Government is still very keen to ratify the TPP, and we’ll need to continue to campaign here in Australia for Labor, Greens and minor parties to block the implementing legislation in the Senate.

You can take action by calling on Labor trade spokesperson Jason Clare to reject the TPP's implementing legislation here.