Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 in the Ohio Senate to protect Ohio jobs. The bipartisan legislation, which has the support of Senator Tom Patton (R-Strongsville), urges the United States Congress to oppose fast track legislation on trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

“Trade agreements in the past have cost America jobs and we should do everything possible to avoid another bad deal for Ohio’s working men and women,” said Senator Schiavoni.  “This resolution sends a message from the citizens of Ohio to their elected representatives in Congress that trade deals should go through the democratic process so all the consequences can be fully discussed.”

Fast track legislation allows only a “yes” or a “no” vote on trade agreements without the opportunity to amend the deals.  SCR 3 would ensure that Congress has the opportunity to debate trade agreements and make changes if necessary to protect jobs. 

“Ohioans should have a voice at the table when trade agreements are being negotiated and Congress must play a role,” said Senator Gentile.  “Communities throughout the Ohio Valley have been devastated by previous fast track trade agreements and we can’t allow that to happen again.  We need fair trade deals that grow our economy and stop good paying jobs from leaving our shores.”

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