WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) issued the following statement regarding U.S. Senate Democrats’ decision to delay President Barack Obama’s top legislative priority:

“While it is unfortunate that Senate Democrats have chosen to delay the President’s top legislative priority, the Republican House will continue working on a free trade framework that creates jobs, increases wages and expands markets for U.S. businesses. Either America will write the rules of global commerce for the 21st Century, or China will do it for us to the detriment of U.S. workers. House Republicans will continue working to ensure that America leads the world, grows our economy, and puts the interests of our country’s workers and families first.”