COLUMBUS – Just as he’s always done, Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman voted to outsource Ohio jobs once again today as the Senate passed Fast-Track legislation that sets the stage for the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.
“Whether it’s NAFTA, CAFTA, or this massive new Pacific agreement, Washington special interests can always count on Rob Portman to fall in line behind their outsourcing agenda,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue. “The difference this time is that Ohio voters are watching, and come November 2016 Rob Portman will finally have to answer to more than just the special interests that fund his campaigns.”
Portman had sought political cover under a failed amendment to address Chinese currency manipulation. But when his tough-on-China act – and his amendment – fell flat, Portman promptly fell in line and voted to outsource Ohio jobs anyway, just like he’s always done.
With TPP on the way, what can Ohio workers expect? Here’s a look back at what Portman’s outsourcing agenda has meant for Ohio jobs:
- Ohio has endured a net loss of more than 323,000 manufacturing jobs – one out of every three – since the 1994 NAFTA and the World Trade Organization agreements took effect. [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]
- The U.S. trade deficit in the top Ohio exports to NAFTA countries rose 476 percent in the last 17 years. [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]
- The U.S. trade deficit in the top Ohio exports to Korea rose 22 percent after passage of the U.S. Korean free trade agreement. [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]
- Ohio has a $10 million agricultural trade deficit with NAFTA partner countries, but a $1.8 billion agricultural trade surplus with the rest of the world. [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]
- U.S. exports in two of Ohio’s top agricultural products – pork and corn – fell to Korea after passage of the Korean free trade agreement. [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]
- More than 12,000 Ohio small-scale farms, or 17 percent, disappeared in the first 21 years after NAFTA’s passage. [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]