A leading House supporter of trade legislation that Democrats drove to defeat this week said on Sunday President Barack Obama must sway his own party to save the measure.

Republican representative Paul Ryan – the House ways and means committee chairman – said Democrats were making Obama “a very lame-duck president”, and told Fox News Sunday the legislation could be salvaged. Obama, he said, “has work to do with his party”.

Ryan was Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential pick in the 2012 election.

At issue in the trade legislation is a worker assistance programme – part of a package that includes special trade negotiating power for the president. Another vote could come this week, but it would take a major shift among Democrats after Friday’s defeat to allow it to pass.

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