WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will host four House Democrats aboard Air Force One this weekend as he travels to a summit of leading industrialized countries in Germany. The lawmakers all support Obama's efforts to win special authority to negotiate a Pacific rim trade deal.
Obama is courting Democrats for his trade agenda against vigorous opposition from labor unions, environmental groups and liberal organizations. A majority of Republicans support the legislation, which allows Congress to reject or approve, but not change, trade deals negotiated by the administration.
The four lawmakers are Reps. Gerry Connolly of Virginia, Jim Himes of Connecticut, Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas and Mike Quigley of Illinois. They are among only 17 House Democrats publicly backing Obama's request for "fast track" trade negotiating authority.