No Ohioan has been more supportive of trade deals that ship jobs overseas than Rob Portman. As Innovation Ohio’s recent report notes, Portman has supported all 14 trade-related deals that have come across his desk during his time in Congress and as Trade Representative for George W. Bush. In case you missed it, two things happened recently that make this point worth reiterating:
TRUMP BLASTS PORTMAN’S BAD TRADE DEALS
Donald Trump came to Ohio recently to blast many of the bad trade deals that Portman has supported over his long career. Among his many choice words, Trump said that “China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization has enabled the greatest jobs theft in history.” In 2000, Portman voted to grant China permanent Most Favored Nation status, a prerequisite to its entry into the World Trade Organization
PROTECTING AMERICAN WORKERS?
A new ad claims Portman has protected American workers against countries like China that bend the rules to gain unfair trading advantages, but the Columbus Dispatch said that claim “exaggerates” the truth. Portman’s long record of supporting trade deals with countries known to break the rules hardly protects American workers and businesses. Over 400,000 Ohio jobs have been lost since NAFTA passed and China entered the WTO.
GET THE FACTS: PORTMAN’S TRACK RECORD ON TRADE
To learn more about Rob Portman’s track record on trade, read and share our report. A close examination of the record shows that in addition to supporting unfair trade deals with China and other countries that manipulate their currency, Rob Portman has been Ohio’s single most consistent advocate for bad trade deals.