Nearly 30,000 Ohioans laid off because of foreign trade competition are scheduled to lose significant training dollars and other benefits unless Congress acts this week to extend them.

The benefits include subsidies for health-insurance premiums, part of a stimulus program that beefed up spending under the 35-year-old Trade Adjustment Assistance program, reauthorized in 2002.

Ohio, with more than 27,000 workers eligible for program in Fiscal 2010, was second only to Michigan, according to the U.S. Labor Department and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Without any extension, Ohio would receive only about $9 million in Fiscal 2011 for training through the trade program. With an extension, the state would get nearly $27 million.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, introduced extension legislation Tuesday. It did not specify how long the extension would last.

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