US Senate approves fast-track trade authority for Obama

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Washington (AFP) – The US Senate overcame bitter divisions on trade policy  and passed legislation that gives President Barack Obama authority to swiftly conclude a landmark Pacific Rim trade accord.

The measure, which now heads to the House of Representatives, allows the administration to finalize negotiations with 11 other nations and bring the trade deal to Congress for an up-or-down vote, with lawmakers not permitted to make changes.

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