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Congress approved Trade Promotion Authority in June 2015, allowing the president to negotiate free-trade agreements that are subject to a yes or no vote in Congress but cannot be amended. The bill authorizing TPA prohibit the president from making free-trade agreements that include provisions easing immigration and visa rules or that force US action on climate change.
In October 2015, agreement was reached on the Trans-Pacific Partnership between the US and 11 Pacific Rim nations that collectively account for 40 percent of world GDP and a third of world trade. The final three issues involved the length of patent protection for so-called biologic drugs made from living organisms, reducing the NAFTA requirement that 62.5 percent of autos sold freely in North America have components made in North America, and opening Canadian and US dairy markets to imports from New Zealand.