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Obama pursues Democrats on trade in test of his clout on Capitol Hill

Obama pursues Democrats on trade in test of his clout on Capitol Hill

As a proposal over a major trade deal reached a critical point in the Senate last week, lawmakers reported a rare occurrence: last-minute calls from President Obama. His calls ultimately helped ensure that the pact, a key item of his agenda, remained on track. The landmark trade deal being negotiated among 12 Pacific Rim nations presents Obama with the most significant test of his clout on Capitol Hill since his push half a decade ago for what would become known as Obamacare. Standing in his way are not Republicans, who have an unusual partnership with Obama on trade, but the president's fellow Democrats, who are concerned that the proposed pact would hurt the U.S. middle class. ...

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