Congress reaches deal on aiding displaced workers

By: By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer
By: By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - House and Senate lawmakers have reached an agreement to expand a four-decade-old program helping American workers who lose their jobs because of trade with other countries.

The renewal and expansion of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program is expected to be added as an amendment to the economic stimulus package now working its way through the Senate.

The agreement was reached Thursday by senior Republicans and Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, the two panels in charge of trade policy.

The measure would provide more money for the retraining and health care of workers displaced by trade and would extend eligibility to include workers in service industries and the public sector.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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