Obama’s day: Trade and droughts

President Obama

President Obama ends the week Friday by speaking with western governors while keeping an eye on key trade votes in the U.S. House.

In the late morning, Obama hosts a teleconference with the governors of western states to discuss ways to cope with record droughts. Obama attributes the droughts in part to the impact of climate change.

Behind the scenes, Obama may work the phones as the House votes on legislation that will clear the way for a landmark trade deal with Asia.

A vote for trade promotion authority would give Obama and his team the authority to negotiate a final deal and submit it to Congress for an up-or-down vote without amendments.

Many of Obama’s Democrats are fighting free trade, saying it ships jobs overseas.

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