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November 5, 2007

House Votes - H.R. 3920: Trade and Globalization Assistance Act

H.Res. 781: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3920

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 224-190

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 222-193

On Approving the Journal
Passed 222-190


H.R. 3920: Trade and Globalization Act of 2007
To amend the Trade Act of 1974 to reauthorize trade adjustment assistance, to extend trade adjustment assistance to service workers and firms, and for other purposes.

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

H.Amdt. 875 by Rep. McCrery [R-LA]
An amendment numbered 1 printed in House Report 110-417 to reauthorize the Trade AdjustmentAssistance (TAA) programs for workers, firms and farmers for 5 years.
  • Restructures the TAA to increase training options while retaining the current two years of income support for TAA for workers program participants who remain unemployed and train full-time.
  • Increases the federal share of monthly TAA participant premiums for the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) from 65% today to 70% and continues HCTC.
  • Allows States to apply for waivers of unemployment compensation program rules.
  • Expands the new markets tax credit to benefit firms and workers in local communities impacted by trade, globalization, and other causes of job loss.
  • Extends Workforce Investment Act (WIA) employment and training programs, creates a consolidated funding stream, and increases State and local flexibility.
  • Provides for collection of Unemployment Insurance overpayments.
Failed 196-226

On Passage
Passed 264-157


Boehner Statement Opposing Trade and Globalization Assistance Act
The House rejected a Republican proposal to reform and reauthorize the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) federal job training program. The House instead approved a Democrat-authored measure to expand TAA beyond its original scope funded through a tax increase.

RSC: House Approves TAA Expansion
Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 3920, the Trade and Globalization Assistance Act of 2007, by a vote of 264 to 157. This legislation extends the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program for five years and nearly doubles the cost of the program. The bill increases mandatory spending by $8.6 billion over ten years and increases taxes by a net of $9.4 billion over ten years. Among other things, some conservatives may be concerned that this expansion of the TAA program will not be accompanied with enough progress on trade. The Administration issued a SAP threatening to veto this legislation, and the margin of passage would not be enough to override such a veto.

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