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Senator Warren hits back at Obama in Pacific Rim trade fight

Senator Warren speaks at the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation's 2015 Good Jobs, Green Jobs ConferenceU.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren hit back at President Barack Obama in their tussle over “fast track” power to negotiate a Pacific Rim trade treaty, a power she says could be used in the future to weaken Wall Street reforms. The president, who wants the expedited negotiating power, said last week that Warren’s claims were “absolutely wrong.” [ID:nL1N0Y00K3] Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat and prominent liberal voice, stuck to her argument in an interview published on Monday with a left-leaning Washington Post blog, saying Obama should release details of the Pacific trade talks so legal experts can determine if it could be used to weaken U.S. bank rules. The dispute between Obama and Warren, both Democrats, reflects a split within the party over the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Obama’s quest for special negotiating authority. Obama, in an unusual alliance with congressional Republicans, says the trade pact would open new markets in Asia and around the Pacific Ocean for U.S. goods.

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