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that will kill more American jobs in the first place, especially given our high unemployment rates,” said Lori
Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. The breakthrough on the three trade deals
came as the Obama administration released its National Export Strategy for 2011. The trade deals are
critical to this effort, but the heart of the effort is to get more U.S. companies, particularly small and mediumsized businesses, to tap markets in the rest of the world. Few businesses are exporting now, and most of those
are exporting only to one market. Interest in export opportunities is increasing, however. Export.gov, a onestop portal for all the assistance the government can provide potential exporters, got 325,000 hits a month in
2010, up from 200,000 in 2009. U.S. exports jumped 17 percent in 2010, the largest increase in 20 years.
This growth rate has continued in 2011. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics Uniqueness – SKFTA Will Pass Now – AT – Trade Adjustment
Assistance Prevents (2/2)
Will pass – compromise on TAA coming
Devaney, Washington Times, 7-7-11
Tim, 7-7-11, The Washington Times, “Partisan rift stalling free-trade pacts”,
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/7/partisan-rift-stalling-free-trade-pacts/ , accessed 7-7-11]
By the end of the day, the Senate committee had approved a version of the trade bill with the TAA
money included, while the House Ways and Means Committee approved a version without the funds.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, defended the TAA program,
noting that it had been routinely included as past free-trade deals were negotiated for a half-century.
Under the unique rules for considering trade bills, the congressional committees offer "recommendations" on
draft versions of legislation to implement the pacts. The White House, after further negotiations, then will
determine the final version it submits to Congress, with no amendments allowed.
The White House recently announced a compromise with Mr. Baucus and House Ways and Means
Committee Chairman Dave Camp, Michigan Republican, on a scaled-down version of TAA, reducing
the payments to displaced workers from 156 weeks to 117 weeks. The compromise would also cut the
health coverage tax credit for affected workers and eliminate it altogether by the end of 2013 . Obama and Republicans reaching compromise on TAA
[“US compromise eyed on S.Korea trade deal”, http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/08/us-compromise-eyed-on-s-koreatrade-deal.html, accessed 7-8-11]
WASHINGTON: A top Republican lawmaker on Thursday backed a compromise to push ahead a
stalled trade deal with South Korea, but he faced opposition within his own party as a senator threatened to
Leading lawmakers of President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party and the rival Republicans both
broadly support the substance of the Korea deal, which would slash 95 per cent of tariffs in the largest US
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