Larsen Votes to Help Displaced Workers Get Back on Their Feet and Get Ahead</A

Oct 31, 2007

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted today with a majority of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the bipartisan Trade and Globalization Act of 2007 (H.R. 3920), legislation to update and expand the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program to include more American workers and improve training opportunities and health care benefits for those who lose their jobs due to international trade. Larsen is a longtime supporter of strengthening trade adjustment assistance, and this year cosponsored the Trade Adjustment Assistance Improvement Act which became part of today’s bill.

“The time for this legislation is now,” said Larsen. “Our 20th century Trade Adjustment Assistance program needs to be updated for the 21st century economy. The legislation we passed today gives a helping hand to displaced service sector workers, a huge and growing part of the American economy who have been excluded from Trade Adjustment Assistance in the past.  Our bill also improves job training services and TAA health benefits for all displaced workers to make sure they have the tools they need to compete and thrive.”

Under current law, service sector employees cannot get benefits under TAA if their jobs are moved overseas. In addition to expanding assistance to service sector workers, the Trade and Globalization Act closes loopholes in current law to ensure that all manufacturing workers who lose their jobs because their factory moves offshore can get TAA benefits.  The legislation would also create benefits and tax incentives for industries and communities damaged by overseas trade and increase health benefits available to displaced workers.