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Trade Adjustment Assistance

Indiana's Offshore Job Losses and the American Dogma of "Free Capital" that Disempowers Communities

Greg LeRoy | Posted 09.26.2016 | Business
Greg LeRoy

A terrific recent investigation by Indianapolis Star writer Tony Cook lays bare the American dogma that leaves workers and communities powerless to challenge offshore job flight (and makes a mockery of Donald Trump's vague promises about bringing jobs back).

Globalization: Rising Tide, Sinking Boats?

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.12.2017 | Politics
Charles Kolb

Globalization's proponents (and its beneficiaries) must recognize that the globalization consensus can no longer be taken for granted. Life has to be about more than just cheaper clothing and slick smart phones, especially when individuals and communities are visibly hurting.

The Writing Was on the Wall, We Had to Pass TAA

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge

Let me be clear: I oppose "fast-track" legislation! Congress is empowered by the U.S. Constitution to review trade deals. I do not support ceding our authority to anyone.

Michael McAuliff

Disappointed Dems Help Pass Trade Relief For Fired Workers | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House passed a bill Thursday to help workers displaced by the trade deals Congress just gave President Barack Obama the power to sig...

Zach Carter

Senate Grants Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority After Contentious Battle | Zach Carter | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate made it official on Wednesday, granting President Barack Obama the power to streamline passage of major trade pacts with Paci...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Pelosi Stands Down, Supports Passage Of Key Trade Measure | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) waved the white flag on Wednesday, telling her caucus she would support passage of a key m...

Zach Carter

Senate Gives Obama Huge Win On Trade | Zach Carter | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday handed President Barack Obama the biggest legislative victory of his second term, with a dramatic vote clearing th...

Sorely Needed: New Trade Vision

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

American workers and American manufacturers don't oppose trade. They can compete on a level playing field with anyone in the world. But the current trade regime, swept in without serious analysis on the back of Fast Track authority, has failed to provide a level playing field.

Are The Dems Being Sucker-Punched On Trade?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Before Democrats entertain any more corporate wish lists, let's see what corporate America is offering in return. Trade adjustment assistance doesn't do it. A few Democrats may vote for the deal because they naively think TAA is a defensible trade-off. Most who hide behind this scanty fig leaf know exactly what they are doing.

Laura Barron-Lopez

The 'Bizarre' Path Obama's Trade Agenda Has Taken | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama knew that getting his controversial trade agenda through Congress would be no easy task. But it's been nearly a m...

Laura Barron-Lopez

House To Take Second Shot At Passing Obama's Trade Agenda | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans plan to breathe new life into President Barack Obama's trade agenda on Thursday by bringing up a stand-alone bill to g...

Laura Barron-Lopez

House GOP Eyes Clean Fast-Track Trade Bill Without TAA Funding | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Days after the House dealt a setback to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda, GOP leadership is considering plowing ahead with stand-...

Arthur Delaney

Dems Confident Worker Aid Program Won't Die In Trade Tiff | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in the House of Representatives are confident a program that helps laid-off workers won't be a casualty of an ongoing standoff...

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Explains Obama's Trade Troubles | Zach Carter | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats dealt a blow to President Barack Obama's trade agenda on Friday, voting down a bill that would have cleared the way for ...

Laura Barron-Lopez

House Regroups To Save Obama's Trade Agenda From Democrats | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama suffered an embarrassing defeat Friday in his push to pass his trade agenda. But now attention is turning to the ...

Zach Carter

Why It's So Hard For Obama To Undo Democrats' Trade Revolt | Zach Carter | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda are searching for a new legislative strategy following Friday's embarrassing defeat....

Arthur Delaney

Democrats Just Shot The Hostage In Obama's Trade Deal Negotiations | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

Wanda Perdue of Rocky Mount, Virginia, said she signed up for a federal program that helps workers whose jobs are shipped overseas when her job was, i...

Trade Agreement Package Fails the House

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 06.12.2016 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

I was proud to have worked closely with labor, consumer, senior, environmental and faith-based constituencies in working to reject this deal. We need fair trade agreements that benefit workers here and around the world, protect our planet, and promote access to affordable medicines and safe food. The ongoing TPP negotiation does not meet those tests.

Laura Barron-Lopez

House GOP Sees ‘Momentum' Behind Trade, But Problems Linger | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans appear poised to bring up controversial legislation as early as Friday to hand over fast-track authority on trade deals to P...

Medicare Is Not an ATM

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Last month, the Senate passed a bill that would take nearly $1 billion from Medicare to pay for Trade Adjustment Assistance. While protecting Americans against trade-related job losses is a critical priority, it should not come at the expense of seniors, the disability community, or their families.

Obama's Fast Track Attack on Women

Martha Burk | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Martha Burk

The President is asking for "fast track" authority to let the White House be the sole negotiator on the Trans Pacific Partnership. The so-called partnership is an insult to all U.S. workers, with many provisions that will hurt women the most.

Forced Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Senators who voted last week to Fast Track ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) call it a free trade deal, but really, it’s forced trade imposed on protesting American workers who have endured its damaging effects for decades.

Zach Carter

Progressive Group Targets Democrats With New Ads Linking Trade Deal To Medicare Cuts | Zach Carter | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

Progressive activist group CREDO Action is targeting congressional Democrats with a new online ad campaign accusing them of supporting Medicare cuts b...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Democrats Knock Down Obama's Trade Bill | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats dealt a stinging blow to President Barack Obama Tuesday by blocking legislation that would grant him authority to fast-...

Zach Carter

Democrats Balk At Obama Plan To Cut Funding For Workers Hurt By Trade Deals | Zach Carter | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The rift between President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats over trade policy deepened Wednesday as the administration opposed a...