WASHINGTON (June 23, 2015) — The U.S. Senate voted 60-37 on June 23 to invoke cloture on “fast-track” legislation, ending debate on the measure and paving the way for a vote as early as June 24.
The fast-track measure needs exactly 60 votes to pass the Senate. If approved, the legislation will pave the way for a strict up-or-down vote on President Barack Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other nations bordering the Pacific Ocean.
While many business interests support the TPP, labor unions oppose the agreement on the grounds that it potentially will move U.S. manufacturing and jobs overseas. The United Steelworkers (USW) union, which also organizes U.S. tire manufacturing workers, is one of the TPP's staunchest opponents.