Sanders petition against trade deal gets 700,000 signatures
© Getty Images

Bernie SandersBernie SandersKenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020 Biden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? McConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security MORE's presidential campaign is touting a petition with more than 700,000 signatures that calls on Democrats to oppose holding a vote on a trade deal. 

ADVERTISEMENT

The petition asks the Democratic Party to oppose a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, with Sanders saying it would have "disastrous" consequences for U.S. workers and the environment.

The White House is trying to put the 12-nation agreement through Congress before President Obama leaves office, but it is opposed by both Sanders and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhat Senate Republicans have said about election-year Supreme Court vacancies Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Trump carries on with rally, unaware of Ginsburg's death MORE

"The Democratic Platform includes a number of very important initiatives that we have been fighting to achieve during this campaign. But one big item is missing: preventing the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal from ever coming up for a vote in Congress," reads the petition on Sanders's campaign website. 

"Bernie Sanders opposes this deal, and Secretary Clinton said that she opposes the deal too. So does virtually every labor union, environmental group, and even major religious groups. The Democratic Party must go on record in opposition to holding a vote on the TPP during the lame duck session of Congress and beyond."

According to the campaign, nearly 702,000 have signed the petition asking the party to oppose the vote. 

"The overwhelming majority of Democrats are strongly opposed to this disastrous trade agreement. If both Secretary Clinton and I agree that the TPP should not get to the floor of Congress this year, it’s hard to understand why this amendment would not be overwhelmingly passed," Sanders said in a campaign statement. 

At a platform drafting meeting last weekend in St. Louis, Sanders said Clinton’s representatives wouldn't go as far as refusing to hold a vote in Congress on the TPP.

Sanders’s supporters plan to bring the trade deal up again when the full platform committee meets in Orlando this weekend and, if necessary, at the Democratic National Convention later this month in Philadelphia.