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US Senate votes to consider fast-track bill

Debate still expected but strong support suggests senators unlikely to reject bill

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A 12-NATION Pacific trade agreement has cleared a crucial test in the US Senate giving a resounding thumbs-up to legislation that holds the key to President Barack Obama's diplomatic pivot to Asia.

Washington

A 12-NATION Pacific trade agreement has cleared a crucial test in the US Senate giving a resounding thumbs-up to legislation that holds the key to President Barack Obama's diplomatic pivot to Asia.

Just two days after Democrats defied Mr Obama to block debate on a bill

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