U.S. President Barack Obama signs the Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act and Trade Preference Extension Act of 2015 during ceremony in White House in Washington

Obama signs trade bills into law, says tough battle still ahead

U.S. President Barack Obama signs the Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act and Trade Preference Extension Act of 2015 during ceremony in White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton and Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law legislation that gives him “fast-track” power to push ahead on a Pacific Rim trade deal that has been the subject of intense debate in Congress and across the nation. Flanked by some of the lawmakers who supported the bill through a six-week congressional battle, Obama acknowledged that his fight to secure the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership was far from over. “We still have some tough negotiations that are going to be taking place,” Obama said at a signing ceremony.

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