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During his post-election news conference, President Obama said that he expects to cooperate with congressional Republicans on his trade agenda: a sentiment echoed by future Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. Passing Fast Track trade promotion legislation as their first post-election act could hasten congressional approval of the environmentally destructive Trans Pacific Partnership–a massive trade pact with the Asia-Pacific region. Fast Track legislation would provide for an expedited up or down vote, disallowing amendments, on the TPP and other pending trade deals that undercut environmental and human rights safeguards.