Obama to meet with pro-trade Democrats from Senate and House amid steps to salvage fast-track

Economic Indicators Associated Press

President Barack Obama has scheduled a White House meeting with pro-trade Democrats to discuss how to salvage his ability to complete trade negotiations with 11 Pacific Rim nations.

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Wednesday's meeting comes as congressional officials say the House will try as early as Thursday to revive White House-backed trade legislation that pro-labor Democrats blocked last week.

Only 28 House Democrats and 14 Senate Democrats have sided with Obama.

At stake is a measure that would allow Congress to approve or reject future global trade deals, but not change them. That power would allow the Obama administration to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Renewal of a program that helps workers who lose their jobs because of imports would become part of a separate bill.