U.S. Senate committee backs extension of aid for trade-displaced workers

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 22, 2015 5:31 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A committee in the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve aid for workers who lose their jobs due to trade, part of a package of bills key to closing a Pacific trade pact.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted 17 to 9 for an extension of trade adjustment assistance, which Democrats had demanded to accompany a bill to fast track trade deals through Congress.

The White House has said passage of the fast-track bill is critical to nailing down the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade pact central to President Barack Obama's strategic "pivot" toward Asia.

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(Reporting by Krista Hughes; Editing by Eric Beech)