Clinton vows to appoint trade prosecutor to fight bad policies

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Hillary Clinton said Monday that she would appoint a trade prosecutor to protect U.S. workers against bad global policies. 

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said during a rally in Cincinnati that the nation’s economy will be bolstered and workers’ lives improved by opposing the sweeping Pacific Rim trade agreement under consideration in Congress.

{mosads}“We will defend American jobs and American workers by saying no to bad trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and unfair trade practices like when China dumps cheap steel in our markets or uses weak rules of origin to undercut our car-makers,” she said during a rally in Ohio with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). 

Ohio is one of several swing states that will help decide whether Clinton or Republican rival Donald Trump moves into the White House next year.

Clinton told a cheering crowd that the trade prosecutor would report to the president to “end the abuse of our market, our workers, our people.”

“We’re going to compete and win in the global economy by not letting anyone take advantage of our workers, not China, not Wall Street not anyone,” she said.

After advocating for the TPP while secretary of State, Clinton came out against the 12-nation agreement shortly after its completion in October. 

Meanwhile, the Obama administration is making a full-court press to urge lawmakers to pass the TPP this year before President Obama leaves office. 

The Obama administration has ramped up trade enforcement measures and has touted its record of winning trade disputes, especially against China. 

Democratic Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D), who backs Clinton, has been at the forefront of the fight to crack down on countries that unfairly import their products into the United States, especially when it comes to steel overcapacity from China, which has hurt the domestic industry.

The U.S. International Trade Commission recently decided to impose new duties on steel imports from China and other nations that are harming U.S. jobs and steel companies with unfair trade practices. 

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