U.S. President Barack Obama (C, in silhouette) arrives to meet with lawmakers to push for trade legislation at the U.S. Capitol in Washington June 12, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Obama went to Congress Friday for a frantic round of lobbying ahead of a crucial vote on his sweeping trans-Pacific trade agenda.With the vote on a razor's edge, and Obama's entire trade agenda seemingly imperiled, the president dashed to Capitol Hill for a last-minute arm-twisting session with Democrats, most of whom are in open revolt against granting the president powers to complete a historic trans-Pacific trade accord.Lawmakers will consider three separate measures; the first, Trade Adjustment Assistance, is strongly backed by Democrats but viewed skeptically by Republicans.Leaders arranged it so that TAA must pass in order for a vote to proceed on TPA.
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