Brown says trade agreement must not hurt U.S. manufacturing base

Morning Journal

LORAIN — The United States must avoid undermining Ohio’s manufacturing base through a new international trade agreement in negotiations now, Sen. Sherrod Brown said.

Representatives from the United States and other countries are hammering out details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

Brown said he hopes to avoid an agreement similar to the North American Free Trade Agreement, which opponents argue made it easier for companies to ship American jobs to Mexico.

Brown addressed the agreement in a conference call yesterday with reporters. He was joined by James P. Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, along with Ford Vice President of International Government Affairs Stephen Biegun.

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