``As the Senate Finance Committee prepared to pass the bill, independent Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont invoked a little-used procedural rule to stall even incremental progress on a measure that's become one of the president's top economic goals. Sanders is one of the main opponents of Obama's plan to create the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation agreement that would include Japan and Vietnam... Prospects are even less certain in the House of Representatives, where a majority of Republicans are backing Obama on the measure but most Democrats want to kill the president's plan.''

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