There is growing concern and opposition on Capitol Hill that President Obama’s unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade bill will be voted on during the “lame-duck” session, which will take place once voters have cast their ballots in the November 2016 election.
Senator Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)82%
has been one of the most vocal critics regarding the possibility of TPP being voted on during the lame-duck session. He said earlier this week that “The vote should be held under regular Senate and Constitutional order, and it should be held when voters can hold their lawmakers accountable – not during an unaccountable lame-duck session.”
The benefit of having the vote during the 2016 lame-duck session is that there will be a lame duck president and lame duck members of Congress who won’t feel pressured by their constituents to oppose the deal.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)96%
told Breitbart News, “A vote should absolutely be taken on TPP before next year-s election, so voters will have a chance to know who voted to give this President another chance to hurt their jobs, their wages, and add immigration without Congressional participation.”
Obama formally notified Congress last week that he intends to sign the trade deal after a 90-day waiting period. This period will allow Congress and the American people to look over the text of the bill and debate it before Congress votes.
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