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Obama tries to enlist eBay sellers to back his trade pact

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, accompanied by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., right, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. House Republican leaders on Tuesday pushed toward a vote on a two-year budget deal despite conservative opposition, relying on the backing of Democrats for the far-reaching pact struck with President Barack Obama. In his last days as speaker, John Boehner was intent on getting the measure through Congress and head off a market-rattling debt crisis next week and a debilitating government shutdown in December. The deal also would take budget showdowns off the table until after the 2016 presidential and congressional elections, a potential boon to the eventual GOP nominee and incumbents facing tough re-election fights.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, accompanied by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., right, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. House Republican leaders on Tuesday pushed toward a vote on a two-year budget deal despite conservative opposition, relying on the backing of Democrats for the far-reaching pact struck with President Barack Obama. In his last days as speaker, John Boehner was intent on getting the measure through Congress and head off a market-rattling debt crisis next week and a debilitating government shutdown in December. The deal also would take budget showdowns off the table until after the 2016 presidential and congressional elections, a potential boon to the eventual GOP nominee and incumbents facing tough re-election fights. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is trying to rally hundreds of thousands of eBay sellers to get behind a proposed trade deal between the U.S. and 11 other countries.

Obama intends to sign the deal, but he could face a tough task in getting Congress to ratify it.

Obama says the Trans Pacific Partnership will help preserve a free and open Internet. The growth among Internet users is greatest in developing regions like Southeast Asia and Obama says “they’re looking to connect and buy from sellers like you.”

He says one chapter in the agreement is dedicated to e-commerce. It establishes rules that ensure companies and consumers can access and move data freely without facing arbitrary blocking of their websites.

Obama’s message is being emailed to more than 600,000 eBay members.

 

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