McConnell Pressed on TPA: ‘Why Not Make the Trade Bill Transparent?’

In an wide-ranging interview that aired on Tuesday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was pressed on the secretive nature of the process of the so-called Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) passage.

McConnell evaded Baier’s queries about the TPA by explaining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is what the TPA would give President Barack Obama to negotiate, isn’t secretive.

“What Trade Promotion Authority is is a process to deal with it,” McConnell said. “The trade agreement will be completely transparent. We’ll have a chance to vote whether to approve it or not.”

“I don’t buy that because the agreement hasn’t been finalized,” McConnell added. “What we’ve been voting on is a procedure that allows it to be dealt with once it’s completed. We’ll know what’s in it. We’ll know everything about what’s in it and we’ll be able to decide whether to pass it or not.”

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