- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut’s two U.S. senators have joined their Democratic colleagues to block debate on a trade deal backed by President Barack Obama.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy voted against the measure Tuesday to begin considering Obama’s request for “fast track” trade authority that Congress could ratify or reject without amendments.

Murphy said he opposed the measure because thousands of jobs have been lost in Connecticut partly due to trade deals he said made sense for multinational companies but not for workers.

Blumenthal called the proposal a disservice to Connecticut job growth and the U.S. economy.

Backers needed 60 votes to thwart a Democratic filibuster, but managed only 52 among the 100 senators. Only one Senate Democrat, Tom Carper of Delaware, voted for the measure.

Most Republican lawmakers support free-trade agreements.

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