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.
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.