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GOP leaders putting together trade rescue plan

WASHINGTON — After talks with President Barack Obama, top Republican leaders in Congress are putting together a quick rescue plan to resurrect a highly controversial trade legislation that was derailed in the House last week.

Officials said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner were likely to split the stalled bill into two parts in hopes of sending them to the president separately.

The first would consist of stand-alone legislation strengthening Obama's hand in global trade talks, and a second to renew an expiring program of assistance to workers who lose their jobs due to imports.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss private talks.