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Neal, Pascrell Respond to NAFTA Renegotiation Notice

May 18, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) today sent a letter to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer, in response to the Administration’s notice to Congress that it intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

“The tone and substance of the letter cannot be squared with the statements the President made describing NAFTA as a ‘disaster’ and the ‘single worst trade deal’ the United States ever negotiated,” the Members wrote. “The letter, on the other hand, emphasizes that the Administration’s goal is merely to ‘improve’ and ‘modernize’ NAFTA. The President also criticized Hillary Clinton for describing TPP as the ‘gold standard,’ but Administration officials now say TPP text will serve as the starting point for many of its proposals to change NAFTA. And the notice is hardly consistent with your statement last week that you intend to ‘permanently reverse the dangerous trajectory’ of U.S. trade policy. For those of us who believe that U.S. trade policy – and NAFTA – need fundamental reform, this notice is very disappointing.”