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Fast-track makes sense
Fast-track makes sense

As U.S. negotiators try to wrap up a major trade deal with 11 other countries bordering the Pacific Ocean, they find themselves in a Catch-22: Their trading partners say they won't conclude a deal unless Congress agrees to approve or reject it promptly without amendments, but many lawmakers want to see the final version before agreeing to put it on such a fast track. Late last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers sought to free the administration from that trap, proposing to renew the fast-track authority that expired in 2007. Their bill includes an extensive and ambitious list of negotiating objectives for trade deals, calling for enforceable rules on, for example, labor and...

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