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Trade and Globalization Assistance Act of 2007

Floor Speech

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TRADE AND GLOBALIZATION ASSISTANCE ACT OF 2007 -- (House of Representatives - October 31, 2007)

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Mrs. McCARTHY of New York. Thank you for yielding.

As we have heard today, the TAA program helps hardworking Americans transition to the global economy and adjust to economic changes resulting from the trade policy of the United States. Training and education play a major role in whether workers will have future success on the job. We have seen the dissatisfaction of the American people with the global economy. You have heard from many of my colleagues on how many people have lost jobs. Most of them are manufacturing jobs.

A lot of these people that lose their jobs can be trained. I am happy to say that the Ways and Means Committee worked with me on making sure career and technical schools and colleges have the opportunity to be part of the TAA program. It is important for people to understand when someone is in their late fifties and they lose their job because of the global economy, that they have skills but they need to upgrade those skills for the world that we are seeing in the future. Technical and career colleges offer those particular uses.

I am happy to say that the TAA bill that the Democrats have put forward are going to help our workers throughout this country, and with health care so that they can provide. Our workers are putting in more time than ever before. Our productivity is up. But, again, we have to keep pace with education. I am very happy to say that we are part of that educational system.

This is a good bill. I rise against the Republican substitute because it doesn't fill the bill. We have waited too long to get this done.

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