Pacific trade pact faces second test

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a wide-ranging proposed trade agreement that could include more than 10 countries returns to U.S. Senate for second test

Pacific trade pact faces second test

World Bulletin / News Desk 

U.S. President Barack Obama's signature Pacific trade pact faces another test in the Senate on Tuesday as legislation needed to close the deal returns for a second run through the chamber.

The legislation has already endured six weeks of congressional wrangling and two close brushes with failure after revolts by Obama's own Democrats, many of whom believe trade deals will threaten U.S. jobs.

Trading partners say they want fast-track legislation enacted before finalizing the TPP, which would be the biggest trade deal since the North American Free Trade Agreement liberalized commerce between the United States, Canada and Mexico two decades ago.

Senators will vote Tuesday on limiting debate on fast-track and - if that vote succeeds - on the actual bill on Wednesday, before tackling a second bill extending trade benefits to African nations. That bill now also contains the worker aid program.

Republicans want both measures to pass this week before Congress goes on a week-long break so that Obama can promptly sign them into law.

"If we simply vote the same way we did a couple of weeks ago, we won't miss this opportunity," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday.

The top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, Ron Wyden, backed the plan but several others would not reveal their stances to reporters as unions intensified their opposition campaign.

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