Obama’s Fast Tracked Trade Bill Clears Key Senate Hurdle

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May 21, 2015 11:11 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s trade agenda has cleared a key Senate hurdle to move toward a final vote.

The Senate has topped the 60 votes needed to begin substantive action on Obama’s bid for “fast track” negotiating authority. The vote was 62-38.

Obama says fast track authority will improve prospects for a trade treaty with 11 other Pacific-rim nations.

Labor unions and other groups vital to Democrats strongly oppose Obama’s trade agenda. They say free-trade dealscost U.S. jobs.

Obama says U.S. producers need broader access to foreign markets.

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