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Set back for Pacific trade deal a blow to Obama White House




Protesters demonstrate against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo last year.
Protesters demonstrate against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo last year.
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The international trade deal that the White House has been strongly pushing for with 11 other countries has hit a major snag after lawmakers from both parties dealt the plan a blow last week.

The House rejected a proposal to fast-track approval of the trade deal, called the Transpacific Partnership, that includes nations from Asia to Australia.

Many Democrats opposing the proposal cited concerns over the environment and keeping jobs in the US. The issue has also led to an unusual alliance between President Obama and some prominent Republican leaders.

For more, we're joined by Paul Kane, congressional reporter with the Washington Post.



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