WRAPUP 1-US lawmakers agree on wording of bill key to Pacific trade deal

April 17, 2015 2:14 AM

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WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) - Senior U.S. lawmakers reached agreement on Thursday on the wording of a bill aimed at giving the White House "fast track" authority to negotiate a Pacific trade pact that is central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia.

The agreement, over six months in the making, sets the stage for a bruising legislative battle over Obama's proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and similar trade deals, with many Democrats opposed to the legislation along with a small but vocal contingent of Republicans.

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