From: The Honorable Adam Smith
Sent By: Mina.Garcia@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 1088
We urge you to become a cosponsor of H.R. 1088, the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of 2015, provides necessary assistance for American workers and firms that have been injured by increased competition in the global marketplace through the end of 2020.
The U.S. manufacturing, service, farming, and fishing sectors have been hit hard with declines in employment, and these industries need support to remain competitive. Additionally, due to a lapse in reauthorization of the full program, TAA expired for thousands of service industry workers affected by trade. It also expired for workers losing their jobs due to shifts in production to certain foreign countries, such as China; it is currently only available if the job loss is due to trade with a country with which we have a free trade agreement, or that is a beneficiary of a preference program. This distinction cannot be justified. Although Congress included a short-term TAA extension in the omnibus bill last year, the statutory authority for the program expires entirely at the end of this fiscal year.
Congress created the TAA program in 1962 in response to the loss of jobs among hard-working Americans as a result of increasing global competition as well as to promote American competitiveness. TAA benefits have several components: training assistance, income support while in training, and job search and relocation assistance. Additional programs assist farmers fishermen, and firms with the development and implementation of business plans to enable them to regain a competitive foothold, along with financial support to execute those plans.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of 2015 would ensure that TAA eligibility is available to workers and firms in the services and manufacturing sectors, workers whose firms shift production to (or are adversely affected by imports from) FTA and non-FTA countries, U.S. suppliers of component parts, public sector workers, and farmers and fishermen. This bill also invests in American workers and companies by restoring comprehensive levels of benefits in areas such as job training, case management, income support, and job search and relocation allowances that are critical to workers adversely affected by increased global competition.
Our legislation will help American workers and companies receive the assistance they need to strengthen our workforce and industries to be better equipped to compete in the 21st century economy.
For more information, or to become a cosponsor, please contact Mina Garcia at Mina.Garcia@mail.house.gov or at 68456.
SANDER LEVIN ADAM SMITH
Member of Congress Member of Congress