You can read it for yourself, but fair warning you don’t want to print it at 2,000 pages and 30 chapters, it will make HP filthy rich in ink alone.
The way I understand it from the article, Congress (and the public) have 90 days to read this thing, and then there’s another 90 days for Congress to dis/approve it. So 180 days total starting now.
And this makes for an interesting sideshow for the 2016 Goat Rodeo as that 180 days will put the vote smack-dab in between the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.
So for our amusement, here is the 2016 Goat Rodeo state of play around the TPP as I understand it:
- All three of the Dims’ candidates are opposed to the deal (yes, even Hillary Clinton, who probably participated in some of the negotiation as Secretary of state). The TPP should be a neutral issue since they all are in agreement, at least for now.
- Short-fingered vulgarian Donald Trump (thanks Spy Magazine!) and Uncle Sugar hisself Mike Huckabee have stated opposition to it. Uncle Sugar, if he’s still in play, is running as a populist and sees the TPP as crony capitalism.
- Cruz, Rubio, and Jindal have been negative on it because it was negotiated by The Kenyan Usurper, and so they will have to clarify where they stand if the press does its job (always doubtful).
I don’t think it’s a stretch of the imagination to say that the bidness interests of the Republican Party is going to be putting a lot of pressure on their candidates to support this thing, and so seeing who falls on which side should be really revealing for Cruz and Rubio. As for Jindal, he’s already out of the race, he just doesn’t know it yet.