With more back-and-forths than a professional Ping-Pong match, President Barack Obama finally cleared a crucial legislative hurdle that will give him more authority when negotiating upcoming trade deals. House Democrats initially sparred with Obama over certain “fast track” legislation, but the party’s support fell in line when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gave her blessing. This ended two weeks of bitter fighting amongst pro-trade Democrats and their party. The new legislation will allow votes on upcoming trade deals, like the blockbuster Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, to avoid filibusters and amendments when up for congressional votes. Basically, no more stalling from Congress. Perhaps most notable from Obama’s trade win was that top Republican support proved key. Bipartisanship: maybe not such a bad idea after all?