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Senate Votes to Send Trade Promotion Authority to Obama

McConnell succeeded in sending Trade Promotion Authority to Obama's desk. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After no shortage of fits and starts, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's trade agenda — Trade Promotion Authority — is finally heading to his desk.  

The Senate voted 60-38, to clear a measure that would revive "fast-track" Trade Promotion Authority. That vote was not in doubt, with the bill having gotten the critical 60 votes needed to limit debate on Tuesday.  

Senate Votes to Advance Trade Promotion Authority

Cruz tried to slow-track the White House's Trade Promotion Authority bill before Tuesday's roll call vote. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate voted to advance Trade Promotion Authority Tuesday, keeping President Barack Obama's trade agenda on track.  

The TPA vote was always going to be close, and the Senate voted to cut off debate by 60-37 — the bare minimum to advance.  

Cruz: Kill Ex-Im Before Voting for Trade Promotion Authority

Cruz has imposed new conditions on voting for the trade legislation. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The effort to get "fast-track" trade authority for President Barack Obama has lost the support of one of the Republicans who could benefit from the powers if he became president in 2017.  

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Tuesday the process by which the Trade Promotion Authority measure advanced through the House meant he could not support it without new assurances about winding down the authorization for the Export-Import Bank, claiming Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, must have made some kind of backroom deal with Democrats about the bank.  

Senate Trade Promotion Authority Vote a Matter of Trust

McConnell said the votes would be there to pass TAA after TPA passes the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate vote on Trade Promotion Authority will amount to a test of faith.  

In what has become an increasingly complex process, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., last week outlined his plan to send three pieces of the four-piece trade package to President Barack Obama’s desk by the Independence Day recess. But for everything to go according to plan, a dozen or so pro-trade Democrats will have to trust that a vote for TPA will be followed by the approval of Trade Adjustment Assistance for workers displaced by trade, an African trade-preferences bill and a customs-enforcement bill.  

Obama Won't Sign TPA Without TAA 'Path' (Video) (Updated)

Earnest said Obama will only back a strategy that puts both TPA and TAA on his desk. (Screenshot)

Updated 12:12 p.m. June 18 | President Barack Obama isn't going to support a strategy that gives him half a loaf on his trade agenda, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Wednesday.  

With Capitol Hill leaders working on a plan that would split Trade Promotion Authority from Trade Adjustment Assistance , Earnest made clear Obama will demand both.  

In 'Fast-Track' Pitch, Obama Ready to Fight Unions in Democratic Primaries

Obama will protect Democrats who vote for his trade agenda in party primaries. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama will protect pro-trade Democrats in party primaries against unions and others opposed to his "fast-track" trade agenda , White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday.  

Earnest said the president is vowing to work hard to get Democrats on board, and that includes a vow to have their back politically. “Those who are concerned about it, I think, do take a lot of solace in knowing that they can count on the support of President Barack Obama in a Democratic primary if they need it," Earnest told reporters.  

Trade Promotion Authority Clears Senate Hurdle

Coons voted "yes" to on the cloture vote on the TPA package. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama's Trade Promotion Authority package survived a near-death experience Thursday, with the Senate voting narrowly to cut off a filibuster in an extended vote.  

Eight holdouts all voted "yes" at the end after a deal was cut on the Export-Import Bank, after the vote stalled at 54-38 for a significant period of time. The final vote was 62-38, topping the 60 votes needed.