Here’s our bottom line. A lame duck ratification is not impossible. But it would require that either one side or the other back down.
Key points covered in this report are,
- The Hill headline—Hatch: TPP deal will get done in lame-duck session—goes too far
- What Hatch said was “I think we’re going to get it done in the lame duck” providing that the Administration meets his conditions, including 12 years of data exclusivity for biologics; informed observers tell us hatch has not changed his position
- Hatch said other mechanisms beside “side letters” could be used, but he has said that before as well