Apr 29, 2015 7:52 AM by Cheryl Wengren
WASHINGTON (AP) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will seek support for a trans-Pacific trade pact that has divided U.S. lawmakers as he makes the first address by a Japanese leader to a joint meeting of Congress today.
Abe will be promoting his staunch support of an even-tighter relationship between former wartime adversaries in both trade and defense as the allies contend with a rising China. He can expect a warm reception Wednesday morning.
The Japanese leader has faced opposition at home to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He lands amid a bruising battle in Washington over legislation that would give President Barack Obama the authority to negotiate a deal that is a cornerstone of his second-term agenda.
In a reversal of politics-as-usual, it's Obama's own Democratic base that opposes him and Republicans who support the deal.