Fast-Track Clears Senate Hurdle In Vote

The Senate will allow President Obama's trade agenda to move ahead uninhibited, voting in favor of killing the debate around fast-track authority. The motion was 60-37 and will get a final vote on Wednesday.


Fast-Track would allow the president to send trade deals directly to Congress for votes, avoiding the rules and regulations generally associated with such legislation. Obama was looking for fast-track authority in order to pass the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

These 13 Democrats voted in favor of fast-track despite the fact that it does not include an assistance program for workers displaced by new trade policies:

Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Tom Carper (D-DE)
Chris Coons (D-DE)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Mark Warner (D-VA)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)

On the floor, after the vote, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown declared, "This was a day of celebration in the corporate suites in this country."

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