Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bob Casey (D-PA) sought unanimous consent today to extend the “Andean Trade Preferences Act (ATPA) and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program for 18 months,” The Hill reports.
On behalf of himself and other Senate Republican members, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) objected to such an extension.
TAA offers benefits to U.S. workers hurt by international trade, and ATPA lowers duties on goods from Andean countries. Both programs expire this weekend.
Barrasso also objected to separate attempts to extend these measures for 4 and a half months and an extension through May 8.
He offered an alternative Republican package which Democrats objected to.