Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R- Ohio) issued the following statement on the Obama Administration signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

“I am disappointed that the President made the decision to have Ambassador Froman sign the TPP agreement in New Zealand. From currency manipulation, to rules of origin for automobiles, to protection for US biologics – we can do better.  And we need to do better for the sake of American workers who are depending on the Administration to give them a level playing field.  When it is fair, American workers can compete and win. I cannot support the TPP in its current form because it doesn't provide that level playing field.  I will continue to urge the Obama administration to support American workers and address these issues before any vote on the TPP agreement.”