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House Passes Trade Promotion Authority, Rejects Trade Adjustment Assistance

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The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted to grant President Barack Obama fast-track authority on trade but rejected a worker-aid program, leaving the bill in limbo.

Washington lawmakers voted 219-211 in favor of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, but 126-302 against Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), a program to help workers who lose their jobs due to free trade and a key component of TPA—which can’t move forward without all of its provisions passing.

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