The Week November 14-20


The Comeback Kid, Part 29

The North American Free Trade Agreement passed the House by a larger than expected tally of 234 to 200. Reflecting the odd alliance that the vote on the pact engendered, 75% of Republicans voted with the President, while only 40% of Democrats did so. The fate of the agreement had been in grave doubt, and Clinton virtually staked the future of his presidency on its passage, so the victory was substantial. Critics charged that Clinton used too many special deals to sway legislators, while supporters claimed that Clinton's horse trading demonstrated his savvy.

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