Obama asks for governors’ help on trade

BY    | Updated: Feb 22, 2016 at 12:47 PM

President Barack Obama will deliver remarks and take questions from members of the National Governors Association scheduled for 11:10 a.m. EST at the White House. Watch that in the player above.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking the nation’s governors to help push his free trade agenda.

Obama is urging governors to talk to their congressional delegations about how the Pacific Rim trade deal could boost businesses in their states. Obama says governors can “lift up the benefits” and push Congress to hold a vote.

The administration is facing grim prospects for moving its Trans Pacific Partnership through Congress in the near term. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has suggested he won’t bring it up for a vote before the November election.

Obama says he’s “cautiously optimistic” it can still get done.

Obama is hosting the National Governors Association at the White House. He also urged governors to help fight the Zika virus and to back new cybersecurity initiatives.