Obama trade bill clears Senate hurdle
The Senate pushed bipartisan trade legislation to the brink of final approval Tuesday in a combined effort by President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders to rescue a measure that appeared all but dead less than two weeks ago.
The legislation cleared a key hurdle on a 60-37 vote, precisely the number needed.
A final vote is expected by Wednesday on the House-passed measure, which would then go to the White House for Obama's signature.
It is one of several measures comprising Obama's second-term trade agenda as the administration works to finalise a 12-nation agreement among countries on both sides of the Pacific Ocean
Another bill, to provide federal aid to workers who lose their jobs because of imports, is also awaiting approval. The rescue plan hatched last week calls for the Senate to pass that measure and the House to follow suit later this week, just before lawmakers begin a July 4 vacation.