House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) arrives at a news conferenceon Capitol Hill

House plans Friday vote on bill key to Pacific trade pact

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) arrives at a news conferenceon Capitol HillBy Richard Cowan, David Lawder and Krista Hughes WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans aim to hand President Barack Obama the coveted “fast-track” trade negotiating authority he needs to complete his signature Pacific trade pact at a Friday vote, after agreeing with Democrats on providing help for workers hurt by trade. A central part of Obama’s strategic shift toward Asia, the Trans-Pacific Partnership could boost global economic growth and U.S. exports, while setting common standards among emerging and rich nations in one of the world’s biggest trade deals. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s office confirmed there would be a vote this week on a “fast-track” bill that has already been approved by the Senate.

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