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But Senate Republicans voiced anger that Obama plans to submit the agreement attached to a renewal of
benefits for workers who lost jobs due to foreign competition, saying he is trying to please unions that oppose
the Korea deal.
Representative Dave Camp, a Republican from Michigan who heads the powerful House Ways and
Means Committee, defended a compromise he reached last week with the White House, saying he
secured “significant reforms” to the workers’ aid.
Camp said the aid, known as Trade Adjustment Assistance, or TAA, would be fully offset by spending
cuts. While denying an agreement to link the aid and trade agreement, he offered to move ahead on
both measures if submitted separately.
“Despite questions about how the House, Senate and administration proceed on TAA, one thing is perfectly
clear: we cannot afford to let these trade agreements languish any longer,” Camp told a hearing.
“The rest of the world is fast moving forward, and we risk losing market share and jobs if we fail to act,” he
said. A free trade agreement between South Korea and the European Union, negotiated after the US deal,
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WASHINGTON, July 7 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. Congress on Thursday took a step forward in the longoverdue process of ratifying a major trade pact with South Korea, as key committees backed draft
In a "mock" mark-up, the Democrat-controlled Senate Finance Committee voted for the free trade
agreement (FTA), signed in 2007, with the renewal of an expensive pro-workers program, despite
Republican members' opposition. Republicans support the FTA itself but disapprove of the Trade
Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, aimed at helping workers adversely affected by trade.
The House Ways and Means Committee had a separate hearing and endorsed the bill on the FTA
with South Korea, called KORUS FTA. The TAA issue was excluded in the draft bill of the House
committee, dominated by Republicans.
The agreements at the mock markups are not binding, only intended as a recommendation to President
It is uncertain when Obama will submit the bill to Congress. It is also unclear whether he will continue to
attach the controversial TAA to the KORUS. His priority is apparently a deal in federal debt-limit talks.
Republican senators remain critical of the connection between the TAA and KORUS.
"Placing the TAA spending program in the South Korea bill was not an acceptable outcome," said Sen.
Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the senior member of the committee.
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont), chairman of the committee, emphasized it is Obama's call.
"It's up to the president wh...
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