Sanders forces delay of trade bill consideration
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSchumer: Franken should resign Franken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (I-Vt.) tried on Wednesday to block the Finance Committee from being able to consider a fast-track trade bill. 
 
Sanders objected to a unanimous consent request from Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.) to let the Finance Committee meet, forcing a delay in the consideration of the legislation. 
 
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The Vermont senator, who is mulling a 2016 White House bid, said there has not been "a lot of transparency" on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) legislation. 
 
"Not only is there massive opposition to this TPP agreement, but there is a lot of concern that the American people have not been involved in the process, and there's not a lot of transparency," Sanders said. 
 
The Finance Committee is expected to take up trade legislation Wednesday afternoon to give President Obama fast-track authority to push new trade deals through Congress with up-or-down votes.
 
McConnell said that because of Sanders's objection, the Finance Committee will still meet, but the Senate will have to recess. 
 
"All this objection is going to do will be to require us to recess after the votes on trafficking and stay in session, because we're going to finish the bill in the Finance Committee today," McConnell said. "I'm just making the point that this particular way to oppose it will not be successful today." 
 
The Kentucky Republican added the "committee will simply be inconvenienced by the current actions of the senator from Vermont." 
 
A handful of Senate Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Regulation: Net neutrality supporters predict tough court battle | Watchdog to investigate EPA chief's meeting with industry group | Ex-Volkswagen exec gets 7 years for emissions cheating Overnight Tech: Net neutrality supporters predict tough court fight | Warren backs bid to block AT&T, Time Warner merger | NC county refuses to pay ransom to hackers Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE, who liberals call to run in 2016, are opposing the legislation, because they worry that it could harm American workers. Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama MORE (D-Nev.), asked if he would support the legislation, said that "the answer is not only no, but hell no."