Paul Ryan: ‘Don’t See Enough Support’ in Congress For ObamaTrade

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a news conference February 4, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Ryan held his weekly news conference to answer questions from members of the media. (Photo by )
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Speaker Paul Ryan admits that there are not enough votes in Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal–ObamaTrade–and adds he has “concerns” about the emerging legislation.

“There are enough concerns about this agreement, some that I also have, where I don’t see enough support for it right now,” Ryan told The Journal Times.

As Chariman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Ryan publicly argued in favor for fast-track authorities for the Obama administration to negotiate the final deal, but has since been cautious since the text of the deal was released in October.

“I am reserving judgment until I am able to review the final text and consult with my colleagues and my constituents,” he said in an October statement last year. “In particular, I want to explore concerns surrounding the most recent aspects of the agreement.”