WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and top Republicans in Congress mounted a quick, bipartisan rescue operation Wednesday for the administration's trade agenda, left for dead in the House last week in a revolt carried out by Democrats and backed by organized labor.

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama and top Republicans in Congress mounted a quick, bipartisan rescue operation Wednesday for the administration's trade agenda, left for dead in the House last week in a revolt carried out by Democrats and backed by organized labor.

Officials said the Republican-controlled House would vote as early as Thursday on a measure to give Obama enhanced negotiating authority the administration seeks as part of an effort to complete an 11-nation trade deal with Pacific Rim countries.

A package of aid for workers who lose their jobs because of exports would be separated from the trade bill and passed independently, under the plan worked out in recent days.

At the White House, Obama set a meeting with pro-trade Democrats to try and firm up their support for the rescue strategy a session scheduled so hastily that it was to take place just before the annual White House picnic for lawmakers.

The fast-paced developments marked an episode unlike any other in a recent period of divided government, the president and his customary Republican rivals working in harness to thwart the wishes of members of Obama's own party.