WASHINGTON, DC - The Trade Adjustment Assistance Act introduced last month by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, was signed into law today. Senator Casey has pushed for over a year to extend this help for workers who have lost their jobs because of unfair foreign trade with countries like China.
“This is a victory for workers who have been hurt by unfair foreign trade,” said Senator Casey. “Extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance is a long overdue and necessary step to help Pennsylvania workers and ensure a trained workforce. I am disappointed that it has taken so long for Congress to pass this help for workers. Workers who suffered because their jobs were sent overseas shouldn’t have had to wait for more NAFTA-style free trade agreements to pass. Moving forward, the country must develop a manufacturing policy that invests in Pennsylvania workers and promotes U.S. jobs. It is time to put Pennsylvania workers first.”