Democrats Fold On Trade

House Democratic leaders, from left, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., meet with reporters  as Congress passes a one-week bill to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Barack Obama's immigration policy intact, late Friday night, Feb. 27, 2015, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Democratic leaders, from left, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., meet with reporters
as Congress passes a one-week bill to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Barack Obama’s immigration policy intact, late Friday night, Feb. 27, 2015, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The trade battle is over.

Democrats have labored for weeks to stop President Barack Obama’s request for expedited authority to negotiate trade deals but now that a fast track is all-but-ready to become law, even the most ardent trade critics are reversing course and backing a bill designed to help workers who lose their jobs because of globalization.
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Wednesday that she planned to vote in favor of the bill. Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Vice Chairman of the Democratic Caucus Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) also announced their support — signaling that the aid bill will pass, despite weeks of drama within the Democratic caucus over trade.

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