US Senate votes to grant Obama fast-track trade power

May 23, 2015 06:20

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama scored a major victory on Friday when the US Senate voted to give him "fast-track" powers that would help wrap up negotiations on a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia.

The Senate voted 62-37 to approve the Trade Promotion Authority bill, or fast-track as it is known in Washington. The bill will next be considered by the House of Representatives.

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