ICYMI: PCAJ's Ron Kirk in POLITICO

In case you missed it -- today, Politico covered a discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies with former U.S. trade ambassadors on the TPP and its significance to global trade. Key excerpts:

The White House still hopes to reach a deal with Republicans to address some of the concerns they have about the agreement in areas such as the length of intellectual property protections for pharmaceuticals and investor-state dispute settlement protections for tobacco. But if that's not possible, Obama will have to decide whether to submit the trade agreement anyway in a last-ditch effort to get it approved or hand it off to the next president, who could put it in the deep freeze, at least for a couple of years.

Ron Kirk, another former USTR, declined to comment when asked if he thought Obama should try to force a vote on the agreement, but said he was working hard as part of the Progressive Coalition for American Jobs to help Obama win approval.

"I think the best gift we could give to whoever takes that oath of office on January 20 would be a completed TPP," Kirk told reporters.

During the wide-ranging CSIS discussion, Kirk also offered the view that approval of the TPP would give a big boost to negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

"If we pass the TPP, Europe will figure out how they want to come back and engage us," he said.

Read the full article here