Senate Leader Opposes Obama On Quick Trade Deals

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January 29, 2014 AT 10:37 AM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he opposes President Barack Obama's proposal for legislation letting Congress vote quick approval of trade deals with other countries. A day earlier, Obama used his State of the Union address to urge lawmakers to approve such a measure, which would prevent lawmakers from amending treaties. The president says increasing trade with Europe and Asia will boost sales of U.S. products and protect American jobs. Many Democrats join with labor unions in opposing lowered trade barriers, which they worry will cost jobs due to increased competition.