Speaker Ryan says House will not vote on Asia trade bill

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Posted: Aug 05, 2016 1:52 PM
Speaker Ryan says House will not vote on Asia trade bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Paul Ryan says the House will not vote this year on the sweeping Asia-Pacific trade deal backed by President Barack Obama.

The Wisconsin Republican is a longtime proponent of free trade, but he says Obama made mistakes in negotiating the deal with 11 other countries and that there aren't the votes for it.

Ryan tells radio host Jay Weber on WISN radio in Wisconsin: "I don't see any way in which that would be done."

Obama used a press conference this week to talk up chances for the Trans-Pacific Partnership even though it is opposed by most congressional Democrats and both major presidential candidates. Speculation has centered on passage during Congress' lame-duck session in November.

But Ryan's comments Friday were definitive in shooting down action this year.