Cleveland.com: With corporate and labor interests watching, Sherrod Brown has 88 amendments for this week’s foreign-trade deal

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Cleveland.com: With corporate and labor interests watching, Sherrod Brown has 88 amendments for this week’s foreign-trade deal

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has as many amendments to the long-awaited fast-track trade deal this week as Ohio has counties: 88.

No other lawmaker is likely to have as many demands to address child and forced labor, currency manipulation, foreign workplace and environmental standards and help for American workers who lose jobs when their work moves overseas.

It’s unclear if Senate Finance Committee leaders will let Brown offer all 88 amendments. They have scheduled a meeting Wednesday to discuss the pending legislation, mark it up with changes where there is agreement, and vote. Then the matter will move on to the full Senate and, later, the House. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, foreign governments, manufacturing interests, major global corporations and big labor will be watching.

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