US House may hold crunch trade vote this week

US Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks at a press conference following a meeting of the Republican caucus March 17, 2015 in Washington, DCThe US House is likely to vote this week to allow President Barack Obama to speedily conclude a huge Pacific Rim trade accord, Republican congressional leaders signalled Wednesday. The vote, possibly on Friday, will be tight by all accounts, and leaders who back the measure including House Speaker John Boehner and Ways and Means Committee chairman Paul Ryan are by no means assured of success. Obama has earned the support of a majority of Republicans in Congress for his trade push, which could produce a legacy accomplishment for his presidency.

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