Congressman Tim Ryan Calls on House Leadership to Fully Fund Trade Adjustment Assistance without Cutting Medicare

Jun 3, 2015 Issues: Helping Working Families, Health Care

Congressman Tim Ryan today joined 60 of his House colleagues in writing a letter to Speaker Boehner and Leader Nancy Pelosi, calling on them to ensure that the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) legislation is fully funded and does not use cuts to Medicare to pay for the TAA program.

“I am, and always have been, an ardent supporter of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program and firmly believe it must be fully funded—but cutting Medicare to pay for it is wrong for our seniors, wrong for our workers and wrong for the nation,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “TAA is critical to supporting displaced workers, but it is inexcusable to do so at the expense of more than 50 million seniors.”

In addition to the 61 signers of the letter, the letter is endorsed by  the AFL CIO, AFSCME SEIU,  The Alliance for Retired AmericansCommunications Workers of America, The National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, and Social Security Works.

The full letter can be viewed here.