White House Won't Pass Trade Deals Without TAA Boost

Law360, New York (May 16, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT) -- The Obama administration reportedly said Monday it would not approve free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia without expansions to the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which provides training to American workers unemployed due to foreign competition.

Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling said the agency would not submit the free trade agreements unless legislators enhance the TAA, according to a report from the Associated Press.

The remarks were the first indication that the White House would hold up the trade agreements —...
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