Reid's Fast-Track Snub Casts Shadow On Obama Trade Push

Law360, New York (January 30, 2014, 7:53 PM ET) -- With Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., saying he won't guarantee quick action on legislation to give the White House “fast-track” trade authority, experts say the prospects for the Obama administration's trade agenda in a contentious congressional election year have dimmed.

The top Democratic senator told reporters Wednesday that he's against Trade Promotion Authority, sometimes called fast-track or TPA, a provision that would allow the Obama administration to negotiate trade agreements while limiting congressional approval of the proposed pacts to a yes-or-no vote without amendments. The...
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