TRADE DEAL COULD TAKE UNTIL SPRING TO PASS. President Obama scored a victory Monday when trade negotiators completed work on the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, but it could be months before Congress  gets to a vote on the pact. Power Post has more:

The timeline for congressional consideration of the agreement is laid out in the law enacted earlier this year giving the president fast-track Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) powers, under which the deal is subject to a simple up or down vote and lawmakers can not amend or filibuster the pact.
The first steps are expected to begin later this week when the White House formally sends Congress a notice of intent to sign the agreement, which kicks off a 90-day waiting period. Congress gets to spend the first 30 days of that time privately reviewing the documents and consulting with the administration.

SENATE TO VOTE ON NDAA. The Senate is set to vote Tuesday on the National Defense Authorization Act which lays out funding authorization for the Defense Department. But as Power Post’s Karoun Demirjian writes, the bill is destined for a presidential veto.

The Senate passed its version of the NDAA earlier this year by a vote of 71 to 25 – plenty of support to clear both a 60-vote filibuster threshold and even override Obama’s promised veto.
But the president has since threatened to veto the conference report over its use of extra Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds – money that essentially serves as a workaround to the sequestration caps in place across the budget.
The OCO funding maneuver existed in the version of the bill the Senate supported earlier. But it’s not clear whether the renewed threat will deter Democrats from supporting a procedural motion to advance the bill.

DEMS WANT MORE SPENDING FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES. A group of 27 Senate Democrats wrote to the leaders of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees pressing for deliberations on an emergency spending bill for Syrian refugees, according to The Hill.

The emergency funding would go to increasing funding for organizations that aid Syrian refugees, as well as support the extra vetting that would be needed as the U.S. accepts more refugees. The senators wrote in the letter that priority should go to “vulnerable populations,” including religious minorities, torture victims and women with children.
“As always, security considerations remain paramount. All refugee applicants must continue to undergo extensive background checks and vetting of their biographic and biometric data against a broad array of U.S. law enforcement and counterterrorism databases,” they add.