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Fast track trade authority falters; local senators split: GOP supports White House position

The four U.S. senators from our neighborhood flipped their usual positions this afternoon – the three Republicans supported President Barack Obama, while the lone Democrat did not.

The issue was so-called fast track trade authority for the White House. It would allow the administration to negotiate a trade agreement with Pacific trading partners, then submit the treaty to an up-or-down vote in the Senate.

Obama had urged passage of the deal.

Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran of Kansas, and Roy Blunt of Missouri, voted to end the filibuster against the bill. Sen. Claire McCaskill voted to continue the filibuster.

The motion to end debate fell eight votes short of the 60 needed.