PRICE STATEMENT ON TPA AND TAA
Washington, DC –Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) gave the following remarks during floor debate on legislation providing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Administration and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for displaced workers.
“Over the past two years, I have been part of good-faith efforts to write the strongest possible Fast Track bill. But the process the TPA legislation has gone through recently, with Ways and Means Democrats denied every opportunity to improve the legislation in Committee, while Republicans were accommodated in the customs bill with anti-environmental and anti-immigrant provisions, has moved in precisely the wrong direction from what might have gained my support.
“Therefore, I plan to vote against TPA today. But I strongly oppose devious and reckless efforts to bring down TPA by trying to defeat the Trade Adjustment Assistance bill. TAA is a good bill which reflects long-standing Democratic priorities, and the objectionable Medicare offset that it contained has been removed. It has been critically important to North Carolina, and I refuse to put displaced workers at risk for the sake of a political tactic. I urge my colleagues: Play it straight. Support TAA, whether or not you plan to support TPA."