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Reversing Grassroots Win, US Senate Approves Fast Track Trade Measure

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Thursday, May 14, 2015
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
by Common Dreams

‘By voting away their authority to set trade negotiating objectives, the majority of our Senators chose corporate polluters over the American people,’ says Friends of the Earth

Now that official debate has begun, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wants to pass Fast Track bill before Memorial Day. (Photo: Reuters)Now that official debate has begun, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wants to pass Fast Track bill before Memorial Day. (Photo: Reuters)

Progressives reacted with dismay as the U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a motion to begin debate on the Fast Track authority President Barack Obama needs to advance controversial trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The measure passed 65-33.

Senate Democrats blocked the first attempt to proceed on the trade legislation on Tuesday, but backtracked in the wake of further negotiations—and intense pressure from the White House.

The 13 Democrats who voted with big business and the Republicans Thursday are:  Michael Bennet (D-CO), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Tom Carper…

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