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To be sure, there is room to improve TAA. Crafting a system that provides adjustment assistance to all dislocated workers regardless of how they lost their jobs would be a much better fit for America’s dynamic economy and would help reduce the onerous process workers have to go through to get certified for TAA.
But this would take time. Until broader legislation can be crafted, the May 2009 version of TAA should be renewed without further delay. The White House and progressive Members of Congress should accept nothing less.
Sabina Dewan is director of globalization and international employment at the Center for American Progress.