Boxer bill to aid truckdriving NAFTA victims

| Thursday, June 13, 2002

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has introduced legislation to help truckers who lose their jobs as a result of the U.S. border opening to Mexican trucks, which is expected sometime this summer.

Under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform Act of 2002, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) would be available to any domestic operator of a motor carrier who is adversely affected by competition from any foreign-owned or operated motor carrier, Boxer said.

"The TAA exists out of recognition that our decision on trade in Washington causes very specific groups of American workers to lose jobs," Boxer said. "TAA provides those workers with the assistance they need to successfully transition to new jobs."

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