Sens., Govs. Seek To Tie Trade Pacts With Labor Program

Law360, New York (May 23, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT) -- More than 40 Democratic senators and 25 governors on Monday backed White House efforts to force Congress to renew an expanded worker-retraining program before submitting pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea for legislative approval.

While the White House has pushed hard to move the free trade agreements toward congressional ratification in recent months, the Obama administration recently began insisting that lawmakers first renew the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which expired in February after being blocked by Republicans.

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