Obama wrote that there is “nothing secret” about the deal, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, rebutting a criticism frequently made by liberal opponents of the deal.
He made the statement in response to a question about making the text of the deal available.
.@gkermmm 1/ TPP is still being negotiated! But legislation requires the full text for 60 days before I sign.— President Obama (@POTUS) May 28, 2015
@.gkermmm 2/ after I sign agreement, Congress will have months of debate before a vote. Nothing secret about it.— President Obama (@POTUS) May 28, 2015
The president’s ability to persuade congressional Democrats to back his trade agenda will be tested next month, when the House is expected to take up a package of trade bills including trade promotion authority (TPA).
The president views the TPA bill as essential for completing the Pacific trade deal; it would allow Congress to vote on the pact but not add amendments that could kill it.
Many Democrats in Congress oppose the bill, also known as fast-track, out of concern new trade deals will ship jobs overseas. Some Republicans are reluctant to grant Obama more power.
Liberal critics, such as Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack Boston set to elect first female mayor Progressive groups call for Puerto Rico Fiscal Control Board to be abolished MORE (D-Mass.), have accused the administration of keeping details of the trade bill from the public. The administration has noted that members of Congress and their staffs have the opportunity to read the text of the deal in a secure room inside the Capitol complex.
Obama also defended the trade deal against claims from green groups it will undermine environmental protections abroad.
@HLF3267 In fact new trade deal with have the strongest enforceable environmental provisions in history, raising standards across Asia.— President Obama (@POTUS) May 28, 2015