Senate Democrats block Obama on free-trade initiative

GMT 19:18 2015 Tuesday ,12 May

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In a setback to President Barack Obama's agenda, US Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked the advance of a measure giving him authority to swiftly finalize a landmark Pacific Rim trade deal.

Republicans largely backed Obama's bid for so-called trade promotion authority, but many Democrats felt betrayed by the measure's failure to include protections for American workers and prevent or penalize currency manipulation.

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