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Obama's fast-track trade bill clears key Senate hurdle

Obama's fast-track trade bill clears key Senate hurdle

Nearly two weeks after his ambitious trade agenda was nearly derailed by fellow Democrats, President Obama is poised to clinch the biggest legislative victory of his second term with a Senate vote Wednesday that would give him the authority he says he needs to complete a sweeping 12-nation Pacific Rim accord. The prolonged battle, which strained relations between the president and his party, came with the help of longtime Republican adversaries. Many Democrats oppose the coming Trans-Pacific Partnership and similar trade deals because they believe the pacts will sacrifice U.S. jobs to cheaper overseas competition. Arguing that the trade deal is vital to countering China's rising...

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