The Democratic Party is threatening to kill off a major trade deal that President Donald Trump has said he wants to pursue.
Key points:The GOP’s new trade bill is aimed at boosting manufacturing by creating a “one-stop shop” for imports and exportsKey points Republicans say the trade deal is needed to promote American manufacturing, but Democrats say it will create a giant loopholeTrump has been pressing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) since it was unveiled last year, but has so far failed to get the Democratic-controlled Congress to give him his signature on the legislation.
Republicans have said that the trade bill will boost manufacturing in the US, but critics say it won’t do so without the Democratic support of a big number of members of Congress.
The GOP is hoping to pass its legislation by mid-December and put it on President Donald J Trump’s desk by the end of the year, a White House official told Reuters.
The bill would create a “One-Stop Shop” for US imports and the rest of the world, which would include new requirements for tariffs on US goods to boost American manufacturers.
The administration has said the trade pact is needed because it is the “gold standard” for a global trade deal, and that it is vital for the US to be able to “meet the challenges of the 21st century”.
The deal would also include a rule that would allow American companies to sue foreign companies that are not paying tariffs, and allow them to sue other countries if they fail to pay their fair share of the tariffs.
The White House has said that it will work with the Democratic party to craft the legislation to get Republicans on board.
The TPP has faced intense criticism from both sides of the aisle, including from some members of the Trump administration, who have said the deal will lead to a flood of cheap imports from countries like Mexico and China that are hurting American manufacturers and workers.
But Democrats have said it would be impossible to pass without the backing of Republican lawmakers, and have said they will try to block the legislation in a vote.
Democrats have said Republicans are using the trade agreement to attack Trump and undermine the country’s manufacturing base.
Republican Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, the leading critic of the TPP, told ABC’s This Week last week that Democrats were “peddling a bunch of false arguments about how the TPP is bad for the American worker and good for foreign governments”.
“I think this is going to be a long process, it’s going to take a long time, but I think we’re going to make progress,” he said.
Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York said in a statement: “The American people are deeply concerned about the TPP and are demanding a trade agreement that delivers for them and their families.
This bill is a good first step towards fulfilling that call, but it is far from the full package needed to advance our shared goals for our economy and our future.”
Republicans have been urging the Trump White House to work with Democrats to pass the bill, but they have been unable to make it happen.
Republicans are now trying to get Democrats on board, hoping to get enough support to make the trade measure a reality.
Republicans said the Republican-led Senate would vote to advance the bill after President Donald Trumps first deadline to get it through has passed, but that there was no guarantee the bill would be passed in the Republican controlled House.
“We’re going for the Senate vote, but the President is making a decision, and it’s up to him to make that decision,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.
Democrats are not likely to get their way.
They said the GOP was trying to force a vote on the trade legislation that would give them a “blank check” to kill it, as Republicans have called for.
“The Senate’s going for this, the President’s not going for it,” said Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, a Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
“I just think it’s outrageous, we should not have to live with this,” Cummings added.