Congressman Tim Ryan Address Steelworkers Annual Rapid Response Conference on Unfair Trade

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan spoke at the United Steelworkers annual Rapid Response Conference in Washington DC last night. The conference was centered around unfair trade, specifically the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Ryan made the following statement:

 

"All we have to do is look at the shuttered factories across Ohio to know what past trade deals have done to our communities. Free trade without fair trade threatens manufacturing, innovation and inevitably leads to hundreds of thousands of American jobs being shipped overseas.

"The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a broad and overarching deal that makes up 40% of the world’s GDP, gives corporations wide-ranging powers to challenge federal law, and does nothing to address currency manipulation – which has, and will continue to, cost the United States millions of jobs.

"Almost on a daily basis, I am confronted with stories from my constituents whose lives has been negatively impacted by past trade agreements. All these hardworking Americans ask for is a level playing field so they can get the compensation they deserve – but TPP does not live up to these basic standards.

"I promise to stand with my brothers and sisters in the United Steelworkers and fight this deal until the bitter end."