The politics of trade apparently depends—mostly—on how much you stand to gain. A sweeping trade deal with Asia countries, according to its supporters, would vastly expand the market for U.S. exports and give the American economy a shot in the arm. Or, say opponents, it would simply further expand the export of jobs overseas, dealing American workers a big setback.
That contentious debate is now working its way through Congress after a bipartisan vote late last week that cleared the way for a major showdown this summer.
Though the Senate-approved measure still faces a tough fight in the GOP-controlled House, the battle so far has largely ignored party lines. Rather, much—but not all—of congressional support for expanding Asian trade depends on the importance of those exports to state’s economies, based on a CNBC state-by-state analysis of exports to Asian countries.
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