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Edwards hits Van Hollen over Medicare letter tied to trade
Edwards hits Van Hollen over Medicare letter tied to trade

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Donna F. Edwards' campaign for Senate criticized Rep. Chris Van Hollen on Wednesday for not signing a letter opposed to Medicare cuts included in a trade bill pending in Congress, her latest effort to draw a distinction with him in the state's high-profile contest. At issue is a letter crafted by House liberals that calls on congressional leaders to reconsider how the trade bill pays for an expanded Trade Adjustment Assistance program. The program is used to help workers displaced by trade agreements such as the one the Obama administration is negotiating with Pacific Rim nations. Progressive groups and lawmakers support the TAA program, but they're...

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