Key Vote Alert – "NO" on the Reid TAA/GSP Substitute Amendment

Mr. Andrew Roth - September 19th, 2011


“NO” on the Reid TAA/GSP Substitute Amendment

The Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote “NO” on the Reid substitute amendment to the bill extending the Generalized System of Preferences (HR 2832). A vote on this amendment is expected this week. This vote will be included in the Club’s 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

This amendment would extend and expand the irresponsible Trade Adjustment Assistance spending program. It is duplicative, inequitable, and inappropriate for a country devoted to free markets and a limited government. Because of this, we advocate the defeat of this amendment.

TAA is duplicative (and overly generous) because the unemployed already have access to 99 weeks of unemployment benefits thanks to the many extensions already passed by Congress. It’s inequitable and inappropriate because TAA pays benefits to workers who lose their jobs due to trade (something that’s difficult to calculate and susceptible to manipulation). No benefits are due a worker who lost his job to technology or competition (something we also don’t advocate). Our country can neither afford this program, nor should the government be in the business of providing such a benefit.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 111th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public.