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A ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee and at least 10 House Republicans who had voted for "fast track" trade promotion authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership have announced their opposition to the trade deal, joining many Democrats who have already opposed the deal.

Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) "will not vote in favor of TPP as it stands today." The ten Republicans are Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL); Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH); Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI); Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA); Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY); Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)  Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA); Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI); Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY); and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL).

Despite speeches and appearances by the U.S. Trade Representative and other administration officials that continue to talk up this bad deal, numbers don't lie. A growing number of legislators are making it clear: No TPP now or after the election.

"Fast track" just narrowly passed the House last June; just five votes would have flipped that outcome.