In this week’s presidential address, President Barack Obama maintained that his top priority is to grow the American economy and to make sure that every hardworking American has a fair opportunity at success.
Obama explained that Trade Adjustment Assistance can provide important help for Americans, such as job-training and community college education, to thousands of American workers every year who have been hurt in the past by trade deals and asked for the members of Congress who let it expire to reconsider.
“Right now, something called Trade Adjustment Assistance provides vital support, like job-training and community college education, to tens of thousands of American workers each year who were hurt by past trade deals – the kind we’re not going to repeat again. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have voted to renew this initiative, but so far, the House of Representatives has chosen to let it expire in just a few months, leaving as many as 100,000 American workers on their own. For the sake of those workers, their families, and their communities, I urge those Members of Congress who voted against Trade Adjustment Assistance to reconsider, and stand up for American workers.”
“Because these smart new trade deals aren’t just about growing our economy and supporting good new American jobs,” he continued. “This is about the kind of country we want to build for our kids and our grandkids. And if I did not think that smart new trade deals were the right thing to do for working families, I wouldn’t be fighting for it.”
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