- The Washington Times - Monday, June 15, 2015

The White House said Monday that President Obama and his advisers are still trying to figure out a legislative solution to the stalled trade deal that fell apart last week amid heavy Democratic opposition.

“There have been a number of conversations over the weekend and already today,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “We just have to figure out how to untangle the legislative snafu in the House.”

Democratic lawmakers voted in droves Friday against a measure that would provide financial aid to workers who lose their jobs due to foreign competition. Without that provision, the overall trade package failed, denying Mr. Obama the trade-promotion authority he seeks to conclude negotiations of a major free-trade pact with Pacific Rim nations.

House Republican leaders say they will try again to bring the legislation up for a vote soon.

Although Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said there shouldn’t be an agreement if it’s unfavorable to American workers, Mr. Earnest said her view and the president’s position on trade “overlap.”


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