for-phone-onlyfor-tablet-portrait-upfor-tablet-landscape-upfor-desktop-upfor-wide-desktop-up

U.S. trade bill key to Pacific trade pact clears Senate hurdle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation key to sealing a Pacific trade pact passed a major test in the U.S. Senate on Thursday in a boost to a deal that is central to President Barack Obama’s strategic shift toward Asia.

The Senate voted to limit debate on whether to proceed with a bill granting the White House authority to speed trade deals through Congress, which is opposed by many of Obama’s fellow Democrats.

Reporting by Krista Hughes

for-phone-onlyfor-tablet-portrait-upfor-tablet-landscape-upfor-desktop-upfor-wide-desktop-up