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Deft maneuvering by McConnell gives free traders a key win

Deft maneuvering by McConnell gives free traders a key win

Chalk up another one for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky Republican steered the hotly disputed "fast track" bill (HR 2146) through its toughest test Tuesday, getting the 60 votes needed to prevent a filibuster and clear the way for a final vote. Free-trade supporters are thus poised to reverse the defeat they suffered June 12, when House Democrats joined conservative Republicans in blocking a previous package containing the fast-track bill. That defeat embarrassed not only President Obama, who needs fast-track authority to complete the major trade deals he's negotiating with Pacific nations and Europe, but also the House GOP leadership, which is...

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