AFP, Washington : Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced his opposition Wednesday to trade promotion legislation, tossing a wrench into White House efforts to build congressional support for massive free-trade deals with Asia and Europe. “I’m against ‘fast track,'” Reid bluntly told reporters a day after President Barack Obama called on Congress to pass such a tool to help open new markets for American products. Asked if he will prevent such trade promotion authority legislation from going to the floor for a vote, Reid said “we’ll see,” adding, “I think everyone would be well advised just to not push this right now.” TPA would allow Congress to pass or reject the deals on simple up or down votes, barring lawmakers from changing results of the delicate, years-long negotiations between Washington and other nations. Obama seeks to forge stronger trade ties with Pacific Rim nations as part of Washington’s pivot to Asia. His administration has placed a high priority on the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at a time of rising China clout. And a free-trade deal with Europe would be the world’s biggest. The EU estimates it would bring annual benefits of 119 billion euros ($164 billion) for the bloc’s 28 member states, and only slightly less for the United States. Many labor groups opposed such deals because they would increase competition and potentially lower labor standards. Consumer and environmental organizations-also usually reliably in Obama’s camp-not to mention liberal Democrats in Congress, are deeply skeptical of ramming through such massive deals without elected officials having a chance to weigh in. “I think there’s a great deal of public concern coming from the fact that there’s so much secrecy of the content, of the draft that nobody’s seen,” liberal Senate Democrat Jeff Merkley said of the TPP. “There needs to be a full public vetting of the content.” Last week, 151 of the House’s 200 Democrats wrote the president expressing their opposition to fast-track. Hundreds of outside groups did the same.