Fast-track trade bill clears hurdle in US Senate

Ships at the Port of Los Angeles, California, on June 11, 2015.
Ships at the Port of Los Angeles, California, on June 11, 2015.BLOOMBERG

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Legislation that would help President Barack Obama seal a Pacific Rim trade pact cleared a procedural hurdle in the US Senate on Tuesday, setting up a vote on the bill itself on Wednesday.

Senators voted 60-37 to limit debate on the legislation, which would streamline Congress' consideration of trade deals, including Obama's 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.