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Much has yet to play out over a prospective Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. But so far, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) is among 26 House members who signed a March 6 letter to President Barack Obama supporting "swift action" on legislation allowing a fast track toward a pact.
Under fast-track terms, Congress decides on a negotiated deal in a no-amendment, up-or-down vote. The letter says lawmakers would need to be "closely consulted" during talks.
This puts freshman Zeldin on an early potential collision course with organized labor. Union activists oppose fast-track and condemn agreements such as NAFTA as corporate deals that export U.S. jobs.
Zeldin said March 10: "If Trade Promotion Authority [fast-track] legislation is introduced, then my vote will be determined based on the actual substance . . . I will not support or oppose trade legislation that hasn't yet been introduced."
Which doesn't mean he wouldn't urge its being introduced.