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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Arizona's Senators Vote To Close Debate On Fast-Track Authority On Trade Deals

Arizona's Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake were among the 62 Senators to break a bipartisan filibuster this morning on the proposal to give the President fast-track authority on negotiating trade deals.

The difficult vote ended up being 62-38 on cloture, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised several Senators that he will bring an extension of the beleaguered Export-Import Bank to a vote before it sunsets next month.  No indication yet whether McCain and/or Flake were part of that group.

Five Republicans (Collins, Shelby, Sessions, Paul, and Lee) voted against the motion, as did most of the Democrats (13 voted "aye").



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