Key Vote Alert – “NO” on Trade Adjustment Assistance

Mr. Andrew Roth - February 08th, 2011


“NO” on Extending Trade Adjustment Assistance

The Club for Growth urges all members of the House to vote “NO” on the bill that would extend the recently expanded Trade Adjustment Assistance program (TAA) and the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA). This vote is currently on the suspension calendar and could be voted on as early as today. This vote will be included in the Club’s 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

While this bill contains ATPA, which the Club supports, it also contains the irresponsible TAA spending program that 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 bill.

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.

UPDATE: Leadership pulled the bill from the suspension calendar, probably due to lack of support.  Victory! (1:50pm, 2/8/11)