The Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead, Schumer tells labor leaders
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, center, is joined by international counterparts in Atlanta after an agreement was reached by 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership member countries Oct. 5, 2015. (Erik S. Lesser/European Pressphoto Agency)
The Senate’s soon-to-be top Democrat told labor leaders Thursday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal at the center of President Obama’s “pivot” to strengthen ties with key Asian allies, will not be ratified by Congress.
That remark from Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is expected to be the incoming Senate minority leader, came as good news to the AFL-CIO Executive Council, which met Thursday in Washington. Schumer relayed statements that Republican congressional leaders had made to him, according to an aide who confirmed the remarks.
Obama’s signature global trade deal had been on life support for months as both Democrats and Republicans campaigned against unfair trade policies ahead of the Nov. 8 election. And Donald Trump’s triumph in the presidential race cemented its fate.
A Celebratory Evening
We had about 65 people at our election results watching party last night, but by the time Fox finally called Pennsylvania to put Trump over the top, our number had dwindled significantly.
But what a night, complete with a champagne toast to President Donald J. Trump!!