The vote came after the Senate rejected three GOP amendments, including one that would have limited the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program to workers who lose their jobs due to a specific increase in imports from a country with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement. Another would have required a report on the consequences of failing to act on pending trade deals, and another would have required the U.S. to sell Taiwan new F-16 fighter planes.

A fourth Democrat amendment, from Rep. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseySenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill GOP eying 'blue slip' break to help Trump fill the courts Dems offer alternative to Trump administration's child care proposal MORE (D-Pa.), extended and authorized the TAA program on a bill that reinstated the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program.

Senate passage was expected and is part of an agreement that could help dislodge three pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. Republicans have objected to approving TAA as a condition of approving the FTAs.