Sen. Sherrod Brown's trade bill calls for reviews of existing pacts

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Washington - Ohio Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown, who won his seat in 2006 after a campaign that emphasized his opposition to U.S. trade policy, unveiled legislation Wednesday that would drastically change the U.S. approach to trade.

Brown, flanked by labor leaders including Teamsters President James Hoffa, said the bill proves that he and other leading trade critics aren't against trade but rather, that they're serious about changing the rules governing it.

The legislation would forbid negotiations on new trade deals until the government conducts a detailed review of all existing trade pacts, and recommends changes to ensure they meet tougher standards to protect U.S. workers and consumers.

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