Progressives praise Clinton's stronger stance against the TPP

Progressives praise Clinton's stronger stance against the TPP
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Progressives praised Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Warning signs flash for Lindsey Graham in South Carolina MORE for sharpening her opposition to an Asia-Pacific trade agreement, calling her position necessary to kill the far-reaching deal. 

Several left-leaning groups said the Democratic presidential nominee's vow to oppose a lame-duck vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is her toughest pronouncement yet against moving the 12-nation agreement through Congress before President Obama leaves office. 

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"These were Hillary Clinton's strongest words yet against the TPP," said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

"For the first time, Clinton signaled she will personally work to kill the corporate-written TPP if it comes up after the election in an unaccountable lame-duck Congress," Green said. 

"President Obama will hurt Democratic chances of success this November — and help Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE's chance of winning blue collar voters — if he does not heed Clinton's signals and take the TPP off the table before the election," he said. 

During a Thursday speech in Michigan, Clinton assured supporters that she wouldn't waver on her TPP position and would maintain her opposition even if she wins the White House. 

“I oppose it now, I’ll oppose it after the election and I’ll oppose it as president," the former secretary of State said. 

Democracy for America and CREDO led the charge this week to collect signatures on a petition in an effort to convince Clinton to publicly announce her opposition to a lame-duck vote. 

"In particular, the clear opposition Secretary Clinton voiced to the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership ... is the strongest we've heard from her to date and will undoubtedly help build the support necessary to kill this miserable trade deal once and for all," said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America.

"However, it's now more important than ever that the country and President Obama hear specifically from Secretary Clinton that a vote on the job-killing TPP during a lame duck session of Congress must not happen," Chamberlin said.

The president is urging Congress to pass the deal before the end of the year.

Most Democrats in Congress are already opposed to passing the TPP, saying it is a bad deal for U.S. workers and only serves to help bolster the profits of large corporations. 

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), who has long been opposed to the trade deal, praised Clinton for reaffirming her stance against the Pacific deal.

"The American electorate has made this issue front and center this year, and with our next president firmly against the agreement, it would be wrong for the current administration to try and push it through a lame duck session of Congress," DeLauro said.