Congressman Tim Ryan blasts Trans-Pacific Partnership

Congressman Tim Ryan - Youngstown, Ohio

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBN) – Congressman Tim Ryan, D-Niles, is taking aim at a new trade agreement that he said will cost American jobs.

The Congressman appeared on the steps of the U.S. Capital, along with five other Democrats who are against the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a trade deal that would eliminate tariffs and other barriers for the U.S., Canada and Asian countries conducting commerce with each other.

The Obama Administration reached a deal on Monday with 11 other nations for the trade deal. Ryan said he feels the deal will just cause more heartache for the American worker.

“Drive through our communities. Drive through them,” he said. “Based on our personal experience on what happened after NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) when factories in Warren, Ohio closed and moved right over the border to Mexico and shipped the product back into the U.S.”

The Obama Administration says, however, that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will cut 18,000 different taxes on American goods and services.

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