Bill to give President more authority on trade talks introduced

|By:, SA News Editor

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced that would give President Obama "fast-track authority" to get expedited consideration in Congress for free-trade deals without the threat of amendments or filibusters.

The proposals come as the U.S. negotiates the Trans-Pacific Partnership with 11 countries, the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership with 28 nations in Europe, and a global services pact with around 50 countries.

However, the fast-track measure faces opposition on Capitol Hill, particularly among Democrats, and a rival bill is being prepared.