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Uploaded on Sep 22, 2011

Senator Highlights Montana Worker again on the Senate Floor

(Washington, D.C.) -- Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus went to the Senate floor again today to urge extension of an American worker retraining program known as Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). Again, Baucus highlighted a Montana worker who was able to get a good-paying job because of TAA.

"The bottom line is: employers need an educated and skilled work force, and Trade Adjustment Assistance can help bridge this gap. Trade Adjustment Assistance can train workers and connect them with employers who are looking to grow their businesses. Let me mention another Montanan who has been helped by TAA. His name is Kris Allen. Kris lost his Job in Jefferson City, Montana, in May of 2009. Because of Trade Adjustment Assistance, Kris was able to go to school at the Helena College of Technology. He wanted to be a Diesel Mechanic. He made the dean's list most of the semesters. In May, 2011, he graduated. In fact, he got his degree on a Friday and started work the very next Monday. His new job at New Holland Trader Company in Belgrade earns him $18 an hour. And Chris hasn't stopped there. He continues to hone his skills at Montana Resources, keeping up to date on the latest technology and machinery. In this fast-paced globalized economy, human capital is the key to our country's competitiveness and economic vitality. Americans like Kris know the benefits of a good day's work, but he couldn't have done this without Trade Adjustment Assistance," Baucus said on the Senate Floor today.

*For more information:
http://baucus.senate.gov/?p=press_rel...

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