The House narrowly passed Trade Promotion Authority Thursday — the first step of many to resurrect President Barack Obama’s trade agenda after his own party torpedoed a combined bill last week.
The chamber voted 218-208 on TPA, which will give him the latitude to negotiate a 12-nation Pacific trade deal sought by most Republicans and a small number of Democrats.
The bill now heads to the other side of the Rotunda, where the Senate will have to pass it a second time before the two chambers engage in a process of volleying back and forth several other amended bills and legislative language, including Trade Adjustment Assistance and an amended trade-preferences bill that extends the African Growth and Opportunity Act. The House and Senate will also ultimately have to reconcile two versions of a customs bill.
Source: [Roll Call]