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Fast-Track Trade Bill Sought by Obama Advances in Senate

US President Barack Obama salutes as he walks off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on May 20, 2015 after returning from the134th Commencement Exercises of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London London, Connecticut, and a fundraiser in nearby Stamford .

US President Barack Obama salutes as he walks off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on May 20, 2015 after returning from the134th Commencement Exercises of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London London, Connecticut, and a fundraiser in nearby Stamford .

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The Senate advanced legislation Thursday that would allow President Barack Obama to expedite passage of trade agreements, over significant opposition from the chamber’s most powerful Democrats.

The vote was 62-38, with 60 required. Senate rules would allow a vote on final passage to occur as late as Saturday, though Texas Senator John Cornyn, a member of the Republican leadership, predicted a vote on Friday. “That’s what it looks like right now,” he said.