July 24, 2016

Kaine turns against TPP


Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate, has gone on record saying he cannot support the Trans-Pacific Partnership in its current form— a stance calculated to make him more appealing to supporters of Bernie Sanders who revile the deal.

Kaine had never taken a formal position on the pact, but as recently as Thursday told reporters he saw much in the agreement that he liked, while continuing to express concerns about other provisions, including the handling of investment disputes.

Kaine was just one of 13 Senate Democrats who voted last year for fast track authority. The legislation allows the White House to submit trade deals to Congress for a straight up-or-down vote, without any amendments, giving Japan and the 10 other countries involved in the pact some assurance it will be approved.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Another marvel of evolution. If kaine and Hillary will actually get out front and whip the votes against TPP I will vote for them and campaign for them. Otherwise, spare me the spin. They have lost me and will likely lose to Trump.