GOP trade chief will yield to Dems on jobs program funding

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House's top Republican on trade says he's willing to concede to Democrats on a key jobs program.

Republican congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin says the jobs program can be funded without cutting Medicare's budget. cbc

The concession could make it easier for House Democrats to back the president's trade agenda.

At issue is Trade Adjustment Assistance, a program in the trade package that helps workers displaced by trade agreements.

Democrats reacted angrily to a Senate-passed bill that would partly pay for the program by cutting Medicare.

Ryan says there are plenty of other ways to pay for the program and says he thinks the House can resolve it without sending the bill back to the Senate.

Ryan chairs the Ways and Means Committee.