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Both Mr. Obama and top GOP leaders in Congress have said the trade deals could be one area of bipartisan cooperation at a time of conflict on many other agenda items. Mr. Obama has set a goal of doubling U.S. exports over the next five years.

“If we’re going to continue to grow and prosper as a country, trade has got to be a part of our economic future,” Mr. Kirk said. “…Trade really can be a way to empower the U.S. to sell more and to create more jobs here.”