Pacific trade deal: Fast-track measure will pass ‘this week’, McConnell says

Majority leader praises President Obama over Trans-Pacific Partnership as Congressman Paul Ryan suggests momentum will carry to House

Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday the Senate will pass “fast-track” authority to negotiate major trade deals this week, despite opposition to the measure from many of President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats.

“Yes, we’ll pass it. We’ll pass it later this week,” McConnell said in an interview with ABC.

The trade issue has made unlikely allies of the Republican majority leader and the Democratic president. McConnell said on Sunday that Obama has “done an excellent job” on the trade issue.

The Senate voted last week to consider the fast-track measure, two days after Democrats had blocked debate on the bill, which would clear the way for a 12-nation Pacific trade agreement.

Full article: Pacific trade deal: Fast-track measure will pass ‘this week’, McConnell says (The Guardian)

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