Not So Fast-Track: More Work To Do In TPP Talks

By Alex Lawson (June 25, 2015, 5:34 PM EDT) -- As the Obama administration and Republican lawmakers bask in a rare instance of bipartisan euphoria over the passage of legislation that will expedite a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, experts say the parties must still weather thorny negotiations and lingering political squabbles to ultimately seal the deal.

For years, TPP champions have asserted that completing the massive 12-nation accord would be next to impossible until the U.S. first secured trade promotion authority, also known as fast-track, which shields final agreements from congressional amendments and therefore gives negotiators room to make ambitious moves without fear of last-minute changes.

With fast-track renewal now...

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