(Alexander Panetta – Canadian Press)
The race to a major international trade deal cleared a key hurdle in the United States Congress on Thursday, recovering from a stumble two days earlier.
The Senate mustered enough votes to begin debate on a so-called fast-track bill, seen by some as a prerequisite for reaching any free-trade deal with the U.S.
That debate is being watched closely by Canada and other countries seeking to complete negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, which would create a sprawling, 12-nation trade zone.
The legislation moved ahead with a 65-33 vote, enough to override a filibuster. It appeared stuck earlier in the week, when Democrats sided en masse against the bill — and against their president. Click here to read more.
Related: After Lobbying by Obama, Senate Agrees to Vote on Trade Bill After All (NY Times)