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Free Trade Stumbles in US Senate Test Vote

May 12, 2015 07:10 PM
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A proposed 12-nation Pacific Rim free trade pact backed by the Obama administration has stumbled in its first major test before the U.S. Congress. VOA's Michael Bowman reports, the Senate Tuesday failed to get three-fifths backing to begin debate on so-called "fast-track" authority that would make trade accords immune to congressional meddling, subject only to up-or-down votes.