U.S. House Blocks Obama Trade Agenda

Posted: June 12, 2015 in Politics

Washington (AFP) – The US House of Representatives dealt a setback to President Barack Obama’s ambitious trade agenda Friday, voting to block a measure helping give Obama fast-track authority to conclude a huge trans-Pacific trade accord.

The vote, in which some two thirds of the House opposed the so-called Trade Adjustment Assistance, was a defeat for Obama, who personally came to Capitol Hill in an effort to get fellow Democrats to vote for the measure.

To clear up any confusion: By failing to pass the aid for workers bill, called Trade Adjustment Assistance, U.S. President Barack Obama’s fast track free trade authority has been undermined and will not allow him fast track trade deals. However, the House still voted on and passed the fast track authority bill for symbolic purposes.

Source: [Yahoo News]

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