Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement in support of Trade Adjustment Assistance:
“The global economy, technological advancements, and increasing competition will continue to pressure workers and it is essential and only fair that we support and retrain those who lose their jobs as a result. With the Medicare cuts off the table, I voted in support of the House Trade Adjustment Assistance bill because it reestablishes critical training and support to these workers that have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Our nation's economy and success depend on our workers, and the strategy of opposing TAA to stop Trade Promotion Authority risks killing this critical program.
“This version of TAA improves the current program because it reestablishes coverage for service sector workers and those who have lost their jobs to increased competition with countries like China. Over the last decade, I have been a strong supporter of the Trade Adjustment Assistance and have been a leader to protect, extend, and enhance the program. I will continue to fight for American workers.”