The American government is not about to make a decision about whether the US will stay in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
But the debate is heating up as the Obama administration prepares to release its proposed trade agreement with 11 countries next week, including the TPP.
President Donald Trump has not yet endorsed the agreement, but his trade advisers have been pushing hard for it to be renegotiated or otherwise altered to make it more favorable to US businesses.
In addition to Trump, several Republicans in Congress have also been pushing for it.
This week, a group of House Republicans, including Reps.
Dave Camp, R-Mich., and David Schweikert, R.N., introduced a bill that would bar the US from participating in the TPP unless the US renegotiates its trade terms and takes the necessary steps to address issues like environmental protection and human rights.
The legislation would also require the administration to publish a plan to ensure that it is “taking the proper steps to ensure the protection of American workers and taxpayers.”
And the bill also calls for the US to withdraw from the TPP if it is found to be “unfair, unjust, or inconsistent with United States trade policy.”
If Congress passes the legislation, the White House would have 90 days to announce its decision.
But a number of key issues remain unresolved.
The bill, for instance, does not address the issues surrounding the TPP’s intellectual property provisions.
Instead, it only addresses issues of “national security,” which the TPP does not specifically address.
For example, the agreement provides that intellectual property protections are to be negotiated between all parties and that the US can “discontinue to participate” if it believes that the agreements “will not achieve its national security objectives.”
However, the TPP has included provisions that allow the US government to seek protection for US trademarks and patents and to regulate international commerce, including in the area of intellectual property.
These provisions could be viewed as a compromise between the White Houses and US businesses, which argue that they are needed to protect American companies against foreign competitors.
But this is only one of the TPP issues the US is negotiating in secret.
The other is the “pivot” to Asia, a move by the White of the US that is meant to reduce US dependence on foreign suppliers of goods and services, and also to strengthen US military and security.
The pivot is a key part of the Obama presidency, but it is still being debated and will likely be part of any trade agreement.
The TPP could still be renegotiate, but the process is expected to take a few more years.