Congressman Derek Kilmer and three other congressmen introduced a bill to provide job training and unemployment assistance for displaced workers.
The bill, called the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of 2014, would extend existing benefits for workers who have lost their jobs due to foreign competition. Existing benefits will expire at the end of this year.
“As someone with over a decade of experience in economic development, I know that job training is a key catalyst for job growth,” Kilmer said. “Our workers and employers have to compete with those of countries around the world. That’s why we need to ensure access to training that can protect and produce quality jobs. (Trade Adjustment Assistance) helps to do just that, which is why I’m going to do everything I can to build support for this bill in the House.”
Congress created the Trade Adjustment Assistance program in 1962, according to a press release from Kilmer’s office. This year’s measure was introduced by Kilmer, D-Wash.; Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash.; Rep. Sandy Levin, D-Mich.; and Rep. Charles Rangel, D-Mich.