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Dem Reps: Obama Became ‘Indignant’ On Capitol Hill, Visit ‘Absolutely’ Hurt Trade Bill

CBS DC

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — In a public rebuke to President Barack Obama, top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi on Friday swung against legislation aimed at making it easier for the president and his successor to negotiate free trade deals.

The California Democrat said lawmakers should “slow this down” in hopes of getting stronger protections for U.S. workers and the environment in potential trade pacts, including one with Pacific nations.

Pelosi made her position known just prior to separate House votes to reject aid to displaced workers and to give Obama the “fast track” trade negotiating authority he is seeking.

“We need to slow this ‘fast track’ down,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi had been seen as a silent ally to Obama and Republicans running the House in promoting Obama’strade agenda, though she kept her position secret until the end of Friday’s debate. She made clear she’s open to supporting future trade legislation, noting that…

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