By  on January 26, 2011

WASHINGTON — Sens. Rob Portman (R., Ohio), a former U.S. Trade Representative, and Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) introduced a bill Tuesday that would restore President Obama’s trade promotion authority and give the U.S. more leverage in negotiating trade deals.

Under the rules of Trade Promotion Authority, formerly called “fast-track authority,” Congress does not have the ability to amend trade pacts negotiated by the executive branch and can only vote up or down on them.

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