US Senate reaches deal on trade fast-track

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WASHINGTON, DC: US senators reached a deal Wednesday that would help grant President Barack Obama authority to quickly complete a huge Pacific trade accord, one day after Democrats blocked the measure. Republican leaders and Democrats agreed to vote beginning Thursday on a package of trade-related measures, including two bills addressing issues like trade enforcement that are Democratic priorities. Debate and a final vote on the so-called Trade Promotion Authority is expected next week. If it passes a 60-vote threshold in the 100-member Senate, it goes to the House of Representatives.

AFP

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