House of Representatives Approves 'fast-track' Trade Bill on Second Attempt

The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved “fast-track” trade negotiating authority, which President Barack Obama needs to complete a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade pact, although the bill must go back to the Senate for another vote.
The 218-208 House vote to approve the measure on a second attempt in less than one week gives a boost to hopes for swift completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is central to Obama’s focus on strengthening Asian ties.