Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano voted against free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama which passed the House of Representatives.
"Working families are struggling in America, and we cannot afford to run up our trade deficit and send more U.S. jobs overseas with these new trade deals," Napolitano said. "These "free trade' agreements are unfair to U.S. workers -- they give foreign countries increased economic growth while limiting opportunities here at home. I urge my fellow members of Congress to help create new employment with real jobs legislation instead of pursuing these misguided trade deals."
In a related vote, Napolitano supported a bill H.R. 2832 which would extend Trade Adjustment Assistance, a government program which aids American workers who lose their jobs due to trade. Since 1974, the TAA program has provided retraining and education as a critical part of the social safety net for workers who lose their jobs to companies overseas. The TAA bill also passed the House.