In what has become a certain headache for President Obama, bipartisan opposition is growing against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. While some Republicans were going to be opposed to any legacy defining initiative, a broad Democratic Coalition is also actively working to block the deal:
Obama’s embrace of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) faces fierce opposition from some of his closest political allies and the organizational heart of the Democratic coalition: labor unions, environmental groups and the progressive wing of Congress. His critics on the left contend the pact would help American corporations in state-controlled foreign markets but would lead to job losses and exacerbate the growing income gap at home.
The AFL-CIO Labor Union has been the most high profile opponent of the TPP thus far, suspending donations to all politicians in an effort to block the passage of “Fast Track” authority for President Obama to negotiate the deal and present it to congress for an up-or-down vote without the possibility of amending the deal. Additionally the AFL-CIO have launched an advertising campaign to raise awareness of what they see as the risks of the 16-nation trade pact.
It’s also a preview of what could become one of the most challenging issues for Hillary Clinton to navigate during the Democratic presidential primary. As Obama’s secretary of state, she praised the trade talks that liberals are now set on thwarting.
South Korea has formally requested to be made a part of the TPP negotiations but have been rebuked by the Obama Administration:
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“In principle, the U.S. knows that Korea will have to join TPP at some stage, but they said not right now, they’re busy with the existing countries,” the Korean official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the talks. “Of course we won’t like it if our choice is take it or leave it,” the Korean official said. “That’s why Korea wants to join as soon as possible, before the negotiations are finished.”