Senate squashes amendment to limit trade assistance


Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Froman: Too early to start trade talks with the UK Bacteria found ahead of Olympics underscores need for congressional action for new antibiotics MORE’s (R-Utah) amendment would have mandated that trade with foreign countries be a “substantial” factor for a worker who lost his job in order to receives Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) instead of a contributing factor as the law currrently requires.

Prior to the vote Hatch said his amendment was designed to prevent TAA from becoming “another out-of-control spending program.”

Sen. Ron WydenRon WydenThe Hill's 12:30 Report Tim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Dems push for US, EU cooperation on China's market status MORE (D-Ore.), however, came to the floor and countered that the Senate shouldn’t limit assistance to the unemployed while the economy is in such a dire condition.

“The Hatch amendment would make it harder for… companies and farmers to obtain TAA and be better positioned to compete in the global economy." he said. 

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