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Janice Hahn

Why 'fast track' bill on trade makes sense

Why 'fast track' bill on trade makes sense

Republican leaders in the House are struggling to push through a "fast track" bill for trade agreements, which administration officials say is crucial to negotiating good ones. They wouldn't be in this position if representatives from California, whose economy is unusually dependent on trade, lined up behind the bill. Instead, Democrats are largely noncommittal or opposed, while even some Republicans from trade-heavy districts are balking. California has an enormous and diverse economy, but trade plays an integral role in some of its strongest sectors. The nation's five metropolitan areas with the largest agricultural exports are all in California; four are...