But it does not appear many Democrats are ready to switch their votes, leaving President Obama’s trade agenda in limbo.
The Washington Post’s Paul Kane and Mike DeBonis report:
White House spokesman Josh Earnest called the move to buy more time on the trade package a “prudent one.”
The move will “give members of the House and Senate additional time to consider the path forward,” he said. “In this case, we are pleased that Democrats and Republicans appear to be working together to try to find this path.”
Earnest said Obama has not spoken with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on trade since the vote last Friday.
Some House Democrats — fewer than 1 in 4 who supported the president last week — cast a poor light on the idea of continued backroom negotiations. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), the No. 4 Democratic leader, said the move to extend a possible re-vote until as late as July 30 was “shady stuff” and “underhanded” and held the potential for procedural skulduggery.