Rubio, along with several other senators, like Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) argued the program ought to be rolled back to pre-stimulus package levels.
“Sen. Rubio is trying to restore the original, responsible boundaries of TAA to make sure this program is focused on those who are really hurt by trade agreements,” said DeMint.
But Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who is acting as floor manager for the underlying TAA bill, said that just because the U.S. does not have an official trade agreement with a country does not mean that workers cannot be injured by trade with it.
Sen. Casey (D-Penn.) also spoke out against Rubio’s amendment offering a similar argument.
“We think there should be a broad array of help for workers,” said Casey. “If a worker loses his or her job and we can provide eligibility we shouldn’t limit that to just the 17 countries with which we have a trade agreements.”