2015-06-18-FR-Pelosi Nancy-1

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) holds her weekly press conference as the House begins a series of votes on the Obama Administration’s request for fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. A week earlier, Pelosi and a majority of Democrats were successful in blocking the trade bills, but Republicans pushed forward in their efforts to get legislation to President Obama’s desk. (The Hill)


2015-06-12-FR-Boehner John-1

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) departs the Capitol following a series of votes on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Democrats voted en masse to derail a bill providing assistance to workers hurt by free trade in order to defeat legislation granting the Obama Administration fast-track authority to negotiate the TPP trade agreement. (The Hill)


2015-05-21-FR-Heitkamp Heidi-1

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) speaks with staffers after a close procedural vote on President Obama’s request for fast-track authority regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Heitkamp was one of several senators who withheld their vote as they furiously tried to work out a deal on the Senate floor with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (The Hill)


2015-05-21-FR-McConnell Mitch-1

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks towards the Senate chamber for a vote to end debate on giving President Obama fast-track authority on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. It was still not clear if McConnell had secured the 60 votes necessary to invoke cloture. (The Hill)

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Reporters chase after McConnell after the end of the vote. The dramatic cloture vote remained stuck at 54-38 for several minutes as several mostly Democratic senators held up their votes while they tried to strike a deal with McConnell. (The Hill)

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McConnell speaks with the media after he successfully pushed the trade authority legislation past the procedural vote. The Senate voted to end debate by 62-38. (The Hill)