WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) released the following statement after voting against legislation that would grant President Obama “fast-track” trade negotiating authority:

“I voted against today’s ‘fast-track’ bill because it would be foolish for Congress to relinquish its ability to ensure that trade agreements support our own constituents, their businesses, and local economies. When I talk to workers across our state, it’s clear that bad trade deals have undercut American companies for too long. The bill that my colleagues passed today will only make it harder for local manufacturers to succeed.

“Unfortunately, my ‘Buy American’ provision that would have bolstered Connecticut’s manufacturing base wasn’t even brought up for a vote. I’m committed to continuing my long fight to strengthen protections for American manufacturing jobs. Congress can’t forbid companies from shipping jobs overseas, but we sure as hell shouldn’t help them do it.”