US Senate boosts Obama in trade fight

Legislative dance highlights difficult balancing act president faces in Congress
The east front of the Capitol building stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. President Barack Obama and Democrats are preparing to confront a strengthened Republican opposition to tax, spending and immigration priorities when the 112th session of Congress convenes this week after Democrats lost control of the House during midterm elections. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The US Senate took Barack Obama a step closer to an important win on trade on Thursday, skirting in a dramatic vote another procedural minefield laid by the president’s party.