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September 29, 2011

Congressional roll call for weeks of Sept. 19 and 26, 2011

(Continued)

WASHINGTON — Voting yes: Brown, Kerry  

Voting no:   None

Not voting:   None

TRADE ADJUSTMENT FOR FIRMS: Voting 43 for and 54 against, the Senate on Sept. 21 refused to eliminate a Department of Commerce program known as Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms, which funds professional guidance for companies harmed by free-trade agreements. The amendment was offered to HR 2832 (above). While TAA is designed mainly to help workers, it also funds this specialized program to help managements cope with the downside of foreign trade.

Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., noted that President Obama called for eliminating Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms in his first budget plan for fiscal 2012.

Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said: “When a job-creator goes out of business because of an unfair trade deal ... workers lose their jobs, communities lose revenues, funds for schools are cut, funds for public services (are cut).”

A yes vote was to repeal Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms.

Voting yes: None

Voting no:   Brown, Kerry  

Not voting:   None

F-16 JETS FOR TAIWAN; On a tie vote of 48-48, the Senate on Sept. 22 defeated an amendment to HR 2832 (above) requiring the administration to sell 66 new F-16 fighter jets to the Republic of China, or Taiwan, over objections from the People’s Republic of China, or mainland China. The amendment sought to counter a possible administration decision to upgrade rather than replace Taiwan’s aging fleet of nearly 150 F-16s. Lockheed-Martin Corp. builds the F-16 in Fort Worth, Texas. The sale of new F-16s is priced in the $8 billion vicinity.

John Cornyn, R-Texas, said the U.S. is obligated by the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 to provide Taiwan “with sufficient ... weapons in order to defend itself against any possible aggression by Communist China or from any other source.”

Max Baucus, D-Mont., said “this Trade Adjustment Assistance bill is not the appropriate time, season or place to raise this issue. This is a trade bill. This is not about sales of F-16s to Taiwan or to any country.”

A yes vote was to sell new F-16 jets to Taiwan.

Voting yes: Brown  

Voting no:   Kerry  

Not voting:   None

 

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