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.