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Obama’s Trade Bill Passes Senate as Impasse Reached on Spy Law

U.S. President Barack Obama greets supporters after giving a speech at the Salvation Army, Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center May 18, 2015 in Camden, New Jersey.

U.S. President Barack Obama greets supporters after giving a speech at the Salvation Army, Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center May 18, 2015 in Camden, New Jersey.

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The Senate passed President Barack Obama’s fast-track trade proposal, then left for a one-week break without finding a way to extend U.S. spy programs the president said are needed to protect against terrorism.

The 62-37 vote on the trade bill Friday sends the measure to the Republican-led House, where leaders may struggle to gain enough support to send it to Obama for his signature.