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White House Chief of Staff William Daley says that Congress should push for free-trade accords this week

Thursday, October 6, 2011


US companies should push Congress to approve free-trade accords with South Korea, Colombia and Panama next week while renewing aid to workers hurt by foreign competition, White House Chief of Staff William Daley said.

Passing the free-trade agreements and the worker aid, called Trade Adjustment Assistance, is an “essential piece of the president’s jobs agenda,” Daley said.

President Obama sent Congress legislation for the trade pacts reached four years ago on Oct. 3 after House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said he would consider the worker assistance in tandem with the trade deals.


Original source: Bloomberg