Sanders' TPP stance shot down by Democrats' platform committee

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in PhiladelphiaBy Alana Wise WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A trade deal fight led by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday failed to fully materialize as rival and presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton announced a compromise to expand mandatory healthcare funding over the next decade. At a meeting of the Democratic Party draft platform committee in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, supporters of Sanders were unable to influence the committee to adopt strong language opposing the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact, marking a powerful blow to the efforts by the U.S. senator from Vermont to push the party further to the left. “We did everything we could to win that vote,” said Sanders policy adviser Warren Gunnels.

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