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Himes Will Side With Obama on Key Pacific Trade Deal Vote

By Ana Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Washington – Rep. Jim Himes, targeted as a key swing vote, has decided to back President Obama on legislation that would help the president negotiate a controversial trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim nations.

“Passions are very high on this, but at the end of the day my responsibility is to my district and to my constituents,” Himes said.

The decision provoked a strong reaction from the Connecticut AFL-CIO, which has been battling the proposed trade pact, saying it will kill U.S. jobs and lower wages.

“Rep. Himes’ decision today to support Wall Street profits over Main Street jobs will live long in the memory of 4th District working men and women,” said Lori Pelletier, head of the Connecticut AFL-CIO.

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