Controversial Fast-track Trade Bill Clears Procedural Hurdle in US Senate

The US Senate moved ahead with an important procedural vote to allow President Barack Obama to “fast-track” a controversial free trade deal on Thursday. By a vote of 65-33, the Senate voted to start debate on a bill that would allow Obama to submit the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership to Congress on an up-or-down vote. The trade agreement is a key priority of the Obama administration.
The vote comes after a previous attempt to clear this procedural hurdle failed on Tuesday after Democrats expressed concern that the TPP would cause the United States to lose more manufacturing jobs.