Obama thanks Senate for advancing trade bill

Obama thanks Senate for advancing trade bill
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President Obama on Thursday thanked the Senate for advancing a key part of his trade agenda. 
 
The Senate voted to end debate on a fast-track trade bill, handing Obama a major victory and bringing the measure one step closer to passage. 
 
“I want to thank the bipartisan group of senators who took a big step forward this morning” on trade, Obama said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House. 
 
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Sixty-two senators voted to move forward on the bill, which would give Obama the power to put a 12-nation trade agreement before lawmakers for an up-or-down vote, without amendments that could kill the deal.
 
The vote was close, and the result was only apparent after Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg courts critics on Capitol Hill | Amazon makes climate pledge | Senate panel approves 0M for state election security Zuckerberg woos Washington critics during visit Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers to discuss 'future internet regulation' MORE (Wash.) was assured that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Energy: California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule | Climate strike protests hit cities across globe | Interior watchdog expands scope of FOIA investigation | Dems accuse officials of burying climate reports Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts Liberal super PAC launches browser extension replacing 'Mitch McConnell' with 'Moscow Mitch' MORE (R-Ky.) would allow a vote next month on renewing the charter of the Export-Import Bank.
 
The White House has made an aggressive lobbying effort to convince Democrats in Congress to back his trade agenda. Many Democrats oppose fast-track authority; some say new trade deals would ship American jobs overseas. 
 
Press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday the president made a number of calls to lawmakers late last night “to build that bipartisan common ground in support of this proposal.”
 
Obama said the new trade agreement under consideration “is consistent with strong labor standards, strong environmental standards, and access to markets that too often are closed even as these other countries are selling goods in the United States.”
 
“It’s an agenda that is good for U.S. businesses, but most importantly, it is good for American workers,” he added.