Weekly Address: Stand Up for American Workers and Pass TAA

President Obama Delivers the Weekly Address on TAA

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. June 12, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

In this week's address, the President reiterated that his top priority is to grow the American economy and ensure that every hardworking American has a fair shot at success. It’s because of this commitment that the President has worked to enact smart new trade agreements that level the playing field for our workers, open new markets for our businesses, and hold other countries to the kinds of high standards that Americans are proud to hold ourselves to here at home. 

On Friday, Republicans and Democrats in the House took an important step by voting to help the United States negotiate and enforce high-standard trade deals. But they also failed to renew Trade Adjustment Assistance, despite the fact that it provides vital support to about 100,000 workers, and passed the Senate with bipartisan support. The President urged the House to pass TAA without delay so that more middle-class workers can earn the chance to participate and succeed in our global economy.  

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Related Topics: Trade and Exports, Economy