"Since 2001, Pennsylvania has lost over 200,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector," Casey said. "Protecting Pennsylvania workers and the economic recovery are my top priorities and this legislation allows workers who have lost their job due to an unfair trade imbalance to get back on their feet."

"We have an obligation to take care of American workers and American industry first," Brown added. "TAA is one critical piece to rebalancing our trade policy, along with strengthened trade enforcement."

Because their proposal would amend the EDA, its ability to be added to that bill will depend greatly on Tuesday's cloture vote on that bill. The Senate is not expected to vote to end debate on that bill today, and is instead expected to hold another cloture vote on the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act.