The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program ended Saturday. That means 155,000 to 170,000 people who lost their jobs because of trade deals like NAFTA and CAFTA will also lose their benefits.
Congressional Republicans are holding up the extension of the program because they want the Obama administration to send three job-killing trade deals to Congress, and not just the job-killing trade deal for S. Korea. They hope Obama will back down and agree to also send deals with Colombia and Panama to Congress for a vote in exchange for extending the Trade Adjustment Assistance program.
Here's Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, denouncing Republicans for once again trying to screw working families.