USTR Rep Says FTA Deals Contingent On Worker Aid

Law360, New York (May 25, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT) -- A top U.S. trade official confirmed Wednesday that the ratification of free trade agreements with Panama, Columbia and South Korea hinge on a multibillion-dollar aid package for workers whose jobs are shipped overseas, angering a senior Republican senator.

While the White House has long voiced support for the trio of trade pacts, in recent weeks administration officials and Democratic lawmakers have expressed their desire to tie the agreements to the renewal of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which expired in February.

Miriam Sapiro, deputy U.S. trade...
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