Oct. 4, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today urged the House of Representatives to reject a $575 million expansion of trade adjustment authority:
"The $575 million expansion of social welfare, job training, and relocation expenses for allegedly outsourced workers is just a payoff to union bosses upset over trade agreements. Those who supposedly qualify get lavish benefits above and beyond what most Americans receive in the way of traditional unemployment, giving preference to unions that work the system to their advantage. This is not a wise use of limited taxpayer resources.
"The decision by congressional leadership, including the House, to accept a blatant payoff to a special interest bodes very poorly for the future of our nation. The American people are questioning the commitment of Congress to reducing any spending and the size of government. This is an outrage."