The Trade Adjustment Assistance bill, which is now on its way to the White
Earlier this month, House
But after a stand-alone fast track bill cleared Congress on Wednesday, Democrats had little reason to continue their opposition to the assistance measure. The House voted 286-138 Thursday to approve the measure.
Passage was ensured after Minority Leader
Obama has said he hopes to sign both bills together. The worker retraining program has been a long-standing feature of trade policy, but was set to expire Sept. 30.
Most Republicans voted against the combined bill Thursday, but more than 100 joined most Democrats to ensure passage.