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Fast-track trade bill to get another vote in Congress on Thursday

Fast-track trade bill to get another vote in Congress on Thursday

Trying to salvage President Obama's trade agenda, Republican leaders in Congress plan to vote again Thursday on legislation giving the president fast-track negotiating authority, sidestepping House Democrats’ opposition and leaving the future of a worker-assistance program uncertain. It's a risky move for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), but it is backed by the White House as one of the few options left if Congress is to provide Obama with the authority the administration says it needs to finish negotiations on a sweeping 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal. Under the plan, a related worker-assistance program -- seen as key to winning support from some key Democrats...

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