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The White House began prodding Congress on Thursday to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership as soon as possible, just hours after posting the text of the 12-nation trade agreement that has 30 chapters and more than 2,000 pages.

Many have thought a vote on the TPP might come in the lame duck session of Congress, one year from now.

But White House spokesman Josh Earnest dismissed talk that Congress might wait that long. "It's not necessary to wait that long; that would mean waiting almost a year," Earnest said.

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