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The Senate has cleared a bill to give the President fast-track approval of international trade deals and will send it to President Barack Obama for his signature. The vote was 60-38.

The Senate is now voting on a related bill dealing with assistance to U.S. workers who lose their jobs because of those free-trade pacts. That bill is expected to pass and go to the House for a vote Thursday.

The fast-track authority and the workers’ assistance bill allow the President to complete a giant Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which would tie the economies of the United States, Canada and Mexico with several Asian and Pacific nations. Such a deal would also give the United States increased influence in the region — a priority for the White House.
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