Schumer says Pacific trade pact may have enough votes to pass the Senate

Schumer says Pacific trade pact may have enough votes to pass the Senate
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The expected future leader of Senate Democrats said Tuesday that there is a chance the upper chamber will pass an Asia-Pacific trade agreement this year while acknowledging there is a tougher road in the House.

New York Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerRed-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Trump's latest win: More Americans are saying, 'I quit!' MORE said that if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKavanaugh gets questionnaires for confirmation hearing Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Franken offers Dems a line of questioning for Kavanaugh's 'weirdly specific bit of bulls---' MORE (R-Ky.) decides to consider the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) the trade deal may narrowly pass this year. 

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“I think if he [McConnell] puts it on the floor, it may well get its 51 votes in the Senate even if some Democrats change their views," Schumer told CNBC's John Harwood.

"But it's an iffy question for the House to get a majority in the House," he said. 

Schumer, who is expected to take the reins from retiring Senate Democratic Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick The dishonesty of the deep state The SCOTUS nomination clearly demonstrates that elections have consequences MORE of Nevada in the next Congress, said McConnell hasn't consulted him about how he will proceed when Congress returns to Washington for a lame-duck session after the November elections. 

McConnell has said he doesn't expect to take up the TPP this year. 

But Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchGOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation ahead for Kavanaugh GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Yale Law School students, alumni denounce Trump Supreme Court pick MORE (R-Utah) has said the TPP could pass during the lame-duck session this year if the Obama administration addresses a handful of Republican concerns, including the length of patent protections for high-tech drugs called biologics. 

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFive GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump walks back criticism of UK Brexit strategy | McConnell worries US in 'early stages' of trade war | US trade deficit with China hits new record Tampons sent to Dem who called for free feminine hygiene products in House MORE (R-Wis.) has said that there is not enough support in the House for the TPP deal and has said it is doubtful the pact will come up in the House in the lame-duck. 

President Obama and supportive business groups are urging Congress to ratify the TPP by the end of the year before the next president takes office. 

Republican Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE and Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDHS secretary: No sign Russia targeting midterm elections at 2016 level Twitter suspends Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks accounts after indictments Elon Musk donated nearly K to Republican PAC, filings show MORE each oppose the TPP and have turned trade into a toxic issue on the campaign trail, making the already contentious issue even more challenging for congressional lawmakers.