By  on July 8, 2011

WASHINGTON — A compromise appears to be in the works in the House and Senate that would aid U.S. workers who lose their jobs because of foreign trade and free up three languishing free trade agreements with Colombia, South Korea and Panama to advance in Congress.

The chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means Committees said during separate “mock” markups of the three pending trade deals that they were willing to find a path forward on a controversial Trade Adjustment Assistance program that helps workers who lose their jobs because of import competition through extended government benefits and job training.

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