Congressman Tim Ryan Advocates for Better Reporting on How Free Trade Agreements Impact the American Workforce
Washington DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) offered an amendment today to the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill to require the Bureau of Labor Statistics to submit a report on the impact of free trade agreements to the American workforce.
The Ryan Amendment passed the full House Appropriations Committee by a voice vote.
"We respect hard work in America, and it is our responsibility as leaders to push policies that increase opportunities for United States’ citizens to earn a good living. Unfortunately I have seen trade deal after trade deal fail to live up to those standards. All that you need to do is look at the shuttered factories and shattered communities across Ohio to see the devastating affect free trade agreements have had across our country. I am proud that my amendment passed and we will soon be able to know the true cost of these deals to our nation,” said Congressman Ryan.
The Ryan Amendment requires the report to include an impact analysis on how free trade agreements have impacted the wages and demand for college educated and non-college educated workers; as well as the wages and demand for manufacturing sector versus non-manufacturing sector workers.