Sherrod Brown Blocks Obama Trade Nominee Over Access to TPP Text

Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is taking matters into his own hands.

He’s promising to block the confirmation of the deputy U.S. trade representative until restrictions are eased up for key staffers to view the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement.

“The administration would rather sacrifice a nominee for a key post than improve transparency of the largest trade agreement ever negotiated,” Mr. Brown said in a statement. “This deal could affect more than 40% of our global economy, but even seasoned policy advisers with the requisite security clearance can’t review text without being accompanied by a member of Congress. It shouldn’t be easier for multinational corporations to get their hands on trade text than for public servants looking out for American workers and American manufacturers.”

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