Last year, just five votes in the House of Representatives would have flipped the outcome of the “fast track” trade promotion authority vote, which narrowly passed last June. Since that time, At least nine House Republicans who voted for fast track have announced that they oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership and would vote against the trade pact should it come up for a vote, including in a lame duck session after November’s elections. In contrast, zero Members of Congress who voted against fast track have announced support for TPP.
This underscores the recent comments from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan who noted that “We don’t have the votes for it now,” in the House.
Read Paul Ryan’s full statements here.