WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement after the Lucas County Commissioners passed resolution opposing “fast track” trade promotion authority (TPA). Last month, Brown joined northwest Ohio workers in Toledo to stand up for American jobs and call for fair trade that puts American workers and businesses first.
“I stand with workers in Lucas County and across the country in firm opposition to fast track,” Brown said. “Americans deserve trade policy that is transparent and stands up for workers’ rights. The last thing we need is another NAFTA.”
Last week, Brown voted against giving the Administration renewed TPA during a U.S. Senate Finance Committee markup. Brown filed a total of 88 amendments to the trade package in an effort to stand up for American workers, increase transparency, and improve trade enforcement.
Brown’s Leveling the Playing Field Act, which would increase the ability of U.S. industries to fight back against unfair trade, was included in the bill. In addition to Leveling the Playing Field, Brown helped pass several amendments, including an amendment to crack down on currency manipulation and an amendment that would eliminate an exemption in current law that allows the U.S. to import certain products produced with forced or child labor. Brown also introduced critical amendments to the fast track bill. More information can be found here.
In the past, fast track authority has resulted in NAFTA-style trade deals that have shipped jobs overseas, shuttered Ohio manufacturing facilities, and given handouts to the biggest multinational corporations. Under #NotAnotherNAFTA, Brown has led opposition to fast track and TPP in the Senate, and demanded trade policy that puts American jobs first. He toured Ohio to warn against the impact of fast tracking NAFTA-style trade deals and to hear from workers who’ve been impacted by trade, including stops at:
- UAW Local 12, Toledo, Ohio
- United Autoworkers (UAW) Local 1112, Warren, Ohio
- Ford Cleveland Engine Plant, Brook Park, Ohio
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Zanesville, Ohio
- IUE-CWA Local 755, Dayton, Ohio