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Trade Promotion Authority Advances in Senate

Trade Promotion Authority is back in the hands of the U.S. Senate. Today, senators passed a procedural move to end debate on Trade Promotion legislation, and the bill is expected to be voted on tomorrow.

It’s the second time Trade Promotion Authority, also known as fast-track, has been presented for a vote in the chamber in the past month. After House of Representatives Democrats killed a trade package two weeks ago, congressional leaders and President Obama shifted strategy to get trade legislation moving again.

On Thursday, the House approved a standalone fast-track bill in a 218 to 208, which the Senate is now considering. The fast-track bill gives President Obama and future administrations the power to negotiate trade deals and present the final product for a vote in Congress without amendment. Congress can use fast-track to try to dictate certain elements of a trade agreement.

The Senate approved the cloture procedural hurdle in a 60-to-37 vote.

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