Today at a press conference on Capitol Hill, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Avon) joined with other legislators and labor leaders to announce his introduction of the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development, and Employment (TRADE) Act. Joining Sen. Brown as co-sponsors are Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Russ Feingold (D-WI), and Bob Casey (D-PA).
In brief, the TRADE Act would require a comprehensive review of existing trade agreements, mandate renegotiation of existing trade agreements based on that review, set standards for future trade agreements including labor and environmental protections that apply to workers in other countries and food and product safety standards that protect consumers here at home, and strengthen the role of Congress in setting trade policy (by spelling out what is to be included in trade agreements and how they are to be approved, and by creating a Congressional committee to approve plans for renegotiating trade agreements).
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