Before heading home for a congressional work period, the U.S. Senate passed a major trade bill, giving President Obama a victory on the trade front.
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The bill to renew Trade Promotion Authority passed by a vote of 62 to 37, with 14 Democrats joining the majority of the chamber’s Republicans. TPA provides Congress the authority to give trade agreements an up or down vote but not the ability to amend the pacts. President Obama praised the bipartisan vote, calling it an important step toward ensuring the country’s ability to negotiate and enforce trade agreements.