Pelosi: House Democrats have major concerns about Obama's Pacific trade plan, but door is open

Economic IndicatorsAssociated Press

President Barack Obama's bid for a new trade deal didn't get easier Tuesday when the House's top Democrat said her caucus embraces a dozen demands that may be tough to meet.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has always walked a careful line between liberals who oppose new trade agreements and others who say the global economy requires such pacts.

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Pelosi told reporters Tuesday that House Democrats share the concerns of Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan.

In January, Levin issued an eight-page proposed "resolution of the major outstanding issues" in the administration's bid to conclude a 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership. Levin said his support hinges on his numerous proposals being accepted.

Some pro-trade groups noted Pelosi continued to make upbeat comments about trade on Tuesday even as she embraced Levin's list.