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House Passes Trade Promotion Authority Bill

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The House narrowly passed Trade Promotion Authority Thursday — the first step of many to resurrect President Barack Obama’s trade agenda after his own party torpedoed a combined bill last week.

The chamber voted 218-208 on TPA, which will give him the latitude to negotiate a 12-nation Pacific trade deal sought by most Republicans and a small number of Democrats.

Each of the 28 Democrats who voted last week for TPA held together for the do-over, a result Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., who voted “yes,” said members anticipated would be the result. (As Meeks walked through the Speaker’s Lobby after the vote, he was thanked by Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, the trade subcommittee chairman on Ways and Means).

Last week, 54 Republicans voted “no,” versus 50 Thursday. Reps. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., Don Young, R-Ark., and David Jolly, R-Fla., are listed on the final tally as “not voting,” while Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., flipped his position into the “yes” column.

The bill now heads to the other side of the Rotunda, where the Senate will have to pass it a second time before the two chambers engage in a process of volleying back and forth several other amended bills and legislative language, including Trade Adjustment Assistance and an amended trade-preferences bill that extends the African Growth and Opportunity Act. The House and Senate will also ultimately have to reconcile two versions of a customs bill.

http://blogs.rollcall.com/218/house-vote-trade-promotion-authority-bill-tpa-trade-deals/

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