WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today issued the following statement ahead of the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
“Ohioans have seen the devastating impact of free trade agreements on our economy. Our factories shutter and our workers lose their jobs. But TPP is even worse for manufacturers than previous agreements. It was written by multinational corporations to the detriment of our workers. And while it’s already the largest trade agreement ever negotiated, it will only continue to grow as countries like China have the opportunity to dock onto the agreement in the future. It lacks enforceable currency standards and will undermine the North American auto supply chain’s companies and workers.
“While today’s signing may be a victory for the corporations who negotiated this deal behind closed doors, it is a major loss for American workers. TPP must still be approved by Congress. When TPP has its day on the Senate floor, I will do all I can to block this agreement, which will hurt workers in my state and across the country.”