Alexander Statement on Trade Adjustment Assistance Vote

Posted on September 22, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement about his vote against a bill to renew portions of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program that were added in the 2009 stimulus package and have since expired:

“I voted against this bill because it will continue the stimulus bill’s inappropriate expansion of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, going far beyond its original goal of helping workers who lose their jobs because of the passage of free trade agreements. It’s unfortunate this bill is the reason the President has kept three signed trade agreements sitting on his desk since the day he took office and has held off sending them to Congress to ratify and start helping our nation’s businesses create jobs. I look forward to ratifying these critical trade agreements.” 

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