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Unformatted text preview: ck-benchers in Congress see TAA as yet another failed, expensive bureaucracy and want to kill it. GOP leaders on the Hill are committed to giving them at least a chance to vote “no” on TAA. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 52 Mercury Politics Uniqueness – Won’t Pass Now – Republican Boycott SKFTA isn’t passing, Republicans refuse future negotiation Bangkok News 7/7/11 (No Author (AFP), 7 July 2011, “Republicans nix trade pact deal with Obama”, , 7/6/11, SWolff) A deal to push long-stalled US free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama through Congress crumbled as Republicans, including Orrin Hatch, pictured in January 2011, blocked a key session in a dispute over aid to workers. The White House had said Tuesday it reached a compromise to move ahead on trade pacts and fund through 2014 a program that offers health care and retraining to workers who lose jobs to overseas markets. But Republicans boycotted a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, saying that President Barack Obama's Democratic Party wanted to extend the Trade Adjustment Assistance as a political concession to labor union allies. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the committee in the Democratic-led Senate, complained that the Obama administration was trying to "jam" the legislation at a late hour ahead of the Independence Day holiday. "This is beyond irresponsible," Hatch told reporters. "They are prepared to throw years of work on the free trade agreements down the drain for this." Senator Jon Kyl, a Republican from Arizona, called the workers' aid too expensive and questioned the need for retraining, saying: "I don't think there are any more whale oil manufacturers left, for example." "Our belief is that as a general proposition," he said, "free trade agreements create jobs, they don't kill jobs." Democrats went ahead with the session but did not proceed as the chairs of all Republican senators were empty. Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana who heads the committee, said that the United States would "lose ground to our competitors," noting that a trade deal between South Korea and the European Union takes effect Friday. "These bills are so critical to our effort to open new markets, help displaced workers and improve our economy," Baucus said. Senator John Kerry, a senior Democrat from Massachusetts, noted that Republicans had long accused Obama of inaction on free trade and suspected that the party was looking ahead to next year's presidential election. […] Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 53 Mercury Politics Impact Uniqueness – South Korea Won’t Pass Now (1/2) SKFTA is facing opposition in both Congress and South Korea. Kim, Reuters journalist, 6/24/11 (Jack, 24 June 2011, “Q+A-Where is the S.Korea, US free trade pact headed?”,, 7.6.11, SWolff) SEOUL, June 24 | Fri Jun 24,) - A major free trade deal by the U...
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