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Obama's trade agenda faces tougher odds heading into House

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's trade agenda faces an even steeper hill in the House than it did in the Senate.

Anti-trade forces have struggled to foster public outrage over Obama's effort to enact new free-trade agreements. But Democratic opposition remains widespread.

The outcome may turn on Republicans' willingness to hand Obama a major victory in his final years in office.

House leaders are looking at the second or third week of June to schedule a vote, even though House members return to work Monday from their holiday break.

Supporters and opponents of the trade authority legislation count about 20 House Democrats in favor, with fewer than a dozen still on the fence.

Proponents say they need at least 25 Democrats to counter the 40 to 50 Republicans expected to vote no.

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