A Special From Senator Sherrod Brown:
The auto industry in America just got some great news, maybe the best in a while. Auto sales in the United States in 2015 were higher than ever before.
Any Ohio worker can tell you that our auto industry was hit hard in the economic collapse. To give you some context, auto sales were at only 10.4 million in 2009. Manufacturing plants were shuttered. People lost their jobs. Up and down the supply chain, workers suffered.
The auto industry is finally back. Our efforts to rebuild worked. About 17.5 million cars and trucks were sold last year. And it’s up to us to do everything we can to protect these gains.
As you know, the United States finished negotiations on a trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) last year. The deal’s auto provisions benefit Japan and China at the expense of American autoworkers, and it is moving slowly toward adoption. Right now, it doesn’t do nearly enough to protect America’s soaring auto industry.
I will not sit by and watch while politicians try to put such a job-killing trade deal into place. On a level playing field, our automakers can compete with anyone in the world. But the playing field has to be level. The TPP doesn’t ensure that — and I won’t stop fighting until it does.
We cannot risk damaging the progress America’s auto industry has made. I’m calling on the President and the United States Trade Representative to do more in the TPP to protect American workers and jobs. You can join me by clicking here and adding your name.
I will do all I can to make sure any trade deal, including the TPP, protects American workers first and foremost.