On Wednesday, Senate voted 60 to 38 on the largest US trade deal in decades, helping President Obama in his efforts to strengthen US economic ties around the Pacific Rim.

This bill will allow President Obama “fast-track” power to negotiate trade deals and speed them through Congress, which could finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership that would be the biggest free trade agreement in a generation.

Many countries were waiting to make final offers on the deal until the fast-track was approved because it will prevent Congress from being able to pick the deal a part. The TPP negotiators hope that after the bill is approved TPP negotiations can be finished by the end of July.

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