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U.S. trade bill key to Pacific trade pact clears Senate hurdle
May 14, 2015 / 6:39 PM / 3 years ago

U.S. trade bill key to Pacific trade pact clears Senate hurdle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation key to sealing a Pacific trade pact passed a major test in the U.S. Senate on Thursday in a boost to a deal that is central to President Barack Obama’s strategic shift toward Asia.

The Senate voted to limit debate on whether to proceed with a bill granting the White House authority to speed trade deals through Congress, which is opposed by many of Obama’s fellow Democrats.

Reporting by Krista Hughes

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