Democrats hand White House stinging defeat by rejecting key trade proposal
WASHINGTON -- In a stunning defeat for the White House, Democrats in the House on Friday voted down a measure creating an assistance program for workers displaced by free trade agreements, throwing final passage of the proposal in jeopardy until at least next week. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said she would vote against key elements of President Barack Obama's trade agenda, issuing a fatal blow to the White House just moments before voting began on the House floor.