Senate clears trade assistance bill
September 22nd, 2011
08:56 PM ET
11 years ago

Senate clears trade assistance bill

(CNN) - The Senate Thursday approved a bill to fund retraining for workers who lose their jobs because of free trade agreements the U.S. enters into with other countries.

The final vote was 70 to 27 on the bill.

Approval of the bill, known as Trade Adjustment Assistance, is the first step in a lengthy process to clear pending trade bills with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea.  That's because the Obama administration has said it will only send those trade agreements to the Hill for approval after the retraining funding is in place.

That delay has angered and frustrated congressional Republicans who argue the stalled trade bills would help create jobs if they were enacted.

The measure must now clear the House although its approval in that chamber is not certain.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. ggwindsor

    30 years to late

    September 22, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  2. Aaron

    More American jobs shipped to those 3 countries. Odd how this comes up to close to the bill for American jobs.

    September 22, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  3. J.V.hodgson

    Typical Republican response pass free trade bills. I can see it and hear it now. If Obama had sent the Trade bills to the House and Senate. The House would be shouting and balling about where's the jobs protection if jobs in US are lost!!?
    Do your Jobs put the re-training bill on the house floor debate and pass it or reject it. I suggest you pass it so that the trade pacts can get onto the floor so Republicans can pass them PDQ and make thier first real bi partisan decisions on Job creation.
    Oh by the way the president sent you A jobs bill IN WRITING ( ha ha) and legislative format and in the usual delaying NO style House have not even condescended to bring it to the house floor that is both Ignorant and arrogant behaviour towards the President. And even worse the people of America. And of course going on another holiday soon =more delay!!
    You spend more time on FEMA anhillation than what really matters.This is a Joke as states will have to pick up all disater relief costs and they are aready in debt. Robbing Peter to pay Paul, and you think any state alone could have dealt with Katrina, or the BP oil spill, or the recent East coast flooding.

    September 23, 2011 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  4. OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!!

    Bravo! Pres. Obama! The Republicans Task Masters wanted to strip that assistance from the deal to help workers displace from outsourcing. The Pres. Obama is the "Warrior of the Middle Class" get out and vote 2012. Oh, and don't forget your ID.

    September 23, 2011 02:08 am at 2:08 am |