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Congress passes trade bill in major victory for Obama

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) talks to reporters with Senator John Barrasso at the Capitol on June 23, 2015 in Washington, DCAfter weeks of legislative clashes Congress handed US President Barack Obama a major policy victory Wednesday, giving him authority to rapidly conclude a Pacific trade accord vehemently opposed by many in his party. Obama’s own party has rebelled, worried about a repeat of the 1990s North American Free Trade Agreement, which led to large numbers of manufacturing jobs going to Mexico, where labor costs were dramatically lower.

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