Congress Needs to Get This Right.

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By Joseph Smith

Congress Needs to Get This Right.Last week, we told you about a new bill that emerged from the COMPETES Act Conference Committee called the CHIPS and Science Act. Although we were supportive and happy to see that bill’s passage, we know we need more and Congress’s work is not done.The Senate now has an opportunity to continue their work by passing reauthorization of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and passing the bipartisan Leveling the Playing Field Act 2.0 (S.1187). For more than 40 years, the TAA program has provided critical benefits to workers who have lost their jobs as a result of increased imports. Last year over 100,000 workers across the country qualified for the program. TAA is a vital safety net for workers who, through no fault of their own, have been abandoned by the greedy corporations they helped build due to unfair trade policies. Today, this critical program has expired and thousands of those workers are being denied access.We want Congress not just to continue the program, but to expand and strengthen it. We want enhancements like:Streamlining the application process;Providing a tax credit for child care;Coverage for workers who lose their jobs when foreign countries restrict imports of U.S.-made goods;Extension of TAA to public service workers who lose their jobs when illegal dumping decimates the community’s tax base.It’s imperative that we do this right. For too long, we have put a bandage on poor trade policy and it has left workers at the losing end. This is the right time to invest in American competitiveness, through stronger trade policies, worker training, and income support.Call and Email Your Senators Today!Click HERE to send an email to your Senators. 
Senate Toll-Free Number:(Remember to make two calls to be connected to both your Senators.)1-877-607-0785Tell them who you are, where you are from,
and that they must reauthorize and enhance TAA.
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