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Union-Backed Dems Make Final Push To Kill Obama’s Trade Bill

CBS DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Union-backed Democrats launched a last-ditch effort Thursday to scuttle President Barack Obama’s trade agenda by sacrificing a favored program of their own that retrains workers displaced by international trade.

The retraining program is linked to the Democrats’ real target: legislation to help Obama advance multi-nation trade agreements. In hopes of bringing down the whole package, which they say imperils jobs at home, numerous House Democrats said they would vote Friday against the retraining measure.

House Republicans were in the odd position of supporting Obama’s bid for “fast-track” trade-negotiating authority, while the White House struggled to come up with enough Democratic votes to win passage.

In a closed meeting in the Capitol, top White House officials implored Democrats not to deny Obama the trade authority. Such a vote, they said, would block needed trade expansion for the nation and sink a major priority of the Democratic president.

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