Republicans assisted voters with aid program the party stalled

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Republicans assisted voters with aid program the party stalled

The Hill – Several Republican lawmakers have sought help from a now-expired trade aid program that many in their party have bristled at reauthorizing.

In letters and faxes sent to the Labor Department obtained by The Hill under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 11 Republicans in the House and Senate forwarded constituents’ pleas or outright supported their petitions for aid under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program.

Designed to fund job-training programs and healthcare benefits for workers who lost their jobs because of trade, the expanded version of TAA expired in February.

The White House has said this month it will not submit implementing legislation to Congress for the pending trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea unless an agreement is reached on renewing TAA in its expanded form. House Republicans postponed a vote on restoring the trade aid program in February due to concerns of rising federal debt and anger at the Obama administration for not moving forward with the stalled trade deals.

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