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Introduced in Senate (05/24/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 2982


To make trade adjustment assistance available to workers whose jobs are eliminated through automation, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 24, 2018

Mr. Donnelly (for himself, Mr. Peters, and Mrs. Gillibrand) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


A BILL

To make trade adjustment assistance available to workers whose jobs are eliminated through automation, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “TAA for Automation Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Eligibility of workers whose jobs are eliminated through automation for trade adjustment assistance.

(a) In general.—Section 222(a)(2) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2272(a)(2)) is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (A)(iii), by striking “; or” and inserting a semicolon;

(2) in subparagraph (B)(ii), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; or”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(C) (i) there has been a shift in production of articles or supply of services by such workers’ firm from utilizing the workers to methods or systems primarily utilizing automation; and

“(ii) the shift described in clause (i) contributed importantly to such workers' separation or threat of separation.”.

(b) Automation defined.—Section 222(c) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2272(c)) is amended—

(1) by redesignating paragraphs (1) through (4) as paragraphs (2) through (5), respectively; and

(2) by inserting before paragraph (2), as redesignated by paragraph (1), the following:

“(1) AUTOMATION.—The term ‘automation’ means using technology to produce a good or service previously produced by human work.”.

(c) Specification of basis for eligibility.—Section 222 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2272) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(f) Specification of basis for eligibility.—When the Secretary certifies a group of workers under this section as eligible to apply for adjustment assistance, the Secretary shall specify in the certification the basis for the eligibility of the group under subsection (a).”.

(d) Conforming amendments.—Subsections (b) and (c) of section 222 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2272) are amended by striking “subsection (a)” each place it appears and inserting “subparagraph (A) or (B) of subsection (a)(2)”.

(e) Regulations; recommendations.—Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Labor shall—

(1) prescribe regulations to carry out the amendments made by this section; and

(2) submit to Congress a report that includes recommendations for any changes to law necessary to carry out the amendments made by this section, including any changes to section 236(a)(2)(A) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2296(a)(2)(A)).

(f) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section shall—

(1) take effect on the date that is 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act; and

(2) apply with respect to petitions for certifications of eligibility filed under section 221 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2271) on or after the date described in paragraph (1).

SEC. 3. Independent advisory commission on labor automation.

(a) Establishment.—The Secretary of Labor shall establish an independent advisory commission on labor automation to advise the Secretary on matters relating to jobs and occupations at risk of elimination as a result of automation.

(b) Membership.—The Secretary shall ensure that membership on the advisory commission established under subsection (a) includes individuals with expertise in labor, individuals with expertise in technology, and individuals with expertise in business.

(c) Annual report.—Not less frequently than annually, the advisory commission established under subsection (a) shall submit to the Secretary and make available to the public a report describing jobs and occupations at risk of elimination as a result of automation that includes—

(1) an identification of the States most affected by that risk; and

(2) recommendations for collaboration with State workforce agencies to identify and address that risk.

(d) Automation defined.—In this section, the term “automation” means using technology to produce a good or service previously produced by human work.