U.S. Senate votes to kill TPP, Trump says
The Senate voted Tuesday to kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, a vote that would allow President Donald Trump to sign the agreement without having to get the support of the House.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, both of whom supported the deal, were in the chamber.
The decision marks the latest sign that Trump has little support among congressional Republicans in his push to revive the pact that he pushed to Congress in December and which has been opposed by Democrats.
Trump and his aides have repeatedly vowed to scrap the pact if they lose the White House in November, despite a recent surge in support for the deal from Republican lawmakers.
The Senate is expected to vote on the measure later this week, and it is likely to pass.
Democrats had vowed to filibuster the measure, but that effort failed to gain enough support to block it from becoming law.
The TPP, which the United States is a member of, has long been a top priority for the Trump administration.
Its primary goal is to create more jobs and boost economic growth across the globe, as well as reduce the number of countries participating in the trade bloc.
In his first major foreign policy speech in office, Trump promised to eliminate trade barriers between the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico and Australia and boost American exports.
That included a $1.9 trillion stimulus package in February, which also included tariffs on Chinese goods and tariffs on American goods.
The pact is one of the most contentious trade agreements in the world, and its failure to pass would be a setback for Trump and for the Republican Party.
The Republican-controlled House passed the bill by a vote of 227 to 180 on Monday.
The measure now moves to the Senate, where a vote is expected on Wednesday.
“It’s been a good week for American workers, American workers,” Trump said Tuesday morning at the Whitehouse, the Capitol, as he met with congressional leaders.
“Our country has done so well and is now going to be the greatest economy in the history of the world.
It’s time for us to do it again.”
Trump said he would push for the TPP to be approved by the Senate before his term ends in 2021.
“That is the best thing we could do for our country and the best way to keep our country safe,” he said.
Trump also vowed to push the U.N. Trade Commission to review the TPP agreement and to get approval for new tariffs on China.
He has repeatedly said he wants to bring jobs back to the United State.
TPP has been a main focus of his presidency and of his transition to the White Houses, which he began in January.
The president is expected soon to announce a major infrastructure spending package, including the $1 trillion infrastructure plan he outlined in January, as part of his $1 billion infrastructure plan.
He also has called for a $5 trillion tax cut and has been vocal about the importance of lowering taxes on the wealthy.
Trump’s support for trade deals has led to a surge in anti-TPP protests and even violence in the United Nations.
Protests against the TPP have also erupted in the U.-S.
and Canadian capitals.
Last week, a protest was staged outside the U-N.
headquarters in New York.
Protesters demanded that the organization withdraw its recognition of the TPP.