By Alex Yeager
The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was signed on February 4th, but awaits congressional ratification. Only Malaysia has ratified the pact thus far, while the other 10 countries involved still require further steps to put the treaty into force. Even if Congressional approval proves to be less challenging than expected, the deal is likely to face further hurdles. Presidential candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties have expressed opposition to the deal, which would be the largest regional free trade agreement signed by the US in history.