Sanders to Democrats: Rule out lame-duck vote on trade deal

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDo progressives prefer Trump to compromise? Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case In defense of share buybacks MORE (I-Vt.) is demanding congressional leadership rule out an end-of-the-year vote on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), after the Obama administration sent out a draft document on the trade deal. 

"It is now time for the leadership of the Democratic Party​ in the Senate and the House to join Secretary Clinton and​ go on the record in opposition to holding a vote on this job-killing trade deal during the lame-duck session of Congress and beyond," Sanders, a former White House contender, said in a statement Friday.  

The Obama administration sent lawmakers a draft statement of administrative action Friday, which outlines what changes to U.S. law would be needed under the agreement. 

Sanders, pledging to do "everything I can" to block the trade deal, added Friday that he is "disappointed" the Obama administration is "pushing forward" with TPP. 

"[They] continue pushing forward on the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that will cost American jobs, harm the environment, increase the cost of prescription drugs and threaten our ability to protect public health," he said. 

Handing over the draft was a step required under last year's Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill. It also allows the White House to send lawmakers a TPP implementing bill after 30 days, though the White House has pledged to work with Congress on when it sends over language. 

Congressional leadership has signaled that it's increasingly unlikely Obama's signature trade agreement will get a vote this year as momentum for the deal has stalled on Capitol Hill. 
"As long as we don't have the votes, I see no point in bringing up an agreement only to defeat it," Ryan said in an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio.