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North American Free Trade Agreement

(Daily News)
July 26, 2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Friday took action against illegal logging in Peru, barring a Peruvian company from exporting timber into the U.S. -- a move that may help the administration ease Democrats’ concerns over the enforceability of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.


(Daily News)
July 26, 2019

After an enforcement-centric meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Friday, several U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement working group members said a contentious “panel-blocking” issue with the deal's dispute-settlement approach remained unresolved.


(Daily News)
July 26, 2019

New Democrat Coalition members this week encouraged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to continue working with a group of House lawmakers on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement issues before moving forward with ratification, hoping they can make progress even during the August congressional recess, Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) told Inside U.S. Trade.


(Daily News)
July 25, 2019

Business groups flocked to Capitol Hill this week to push for passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement ahead of a lengthy congressional recess, when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to boost efforts to promote the deal on lawmaker's home turf.


(In Trade)
July 25, 2019

“Mexico is hardest hit and the United States the least,” states the paper, published by a Canadian think tank.


(Daily News)
July 24, 2019

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), the House chief deputy whip, said on Wednesday that Congress would pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement this year, hinting at a significant number of Democrats likely to support it.


(Daily News)
July 24, 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Tuesday briefed several Senate Republicans on the state of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement talks with Democrats as well as high-level U.S.-China discussions slated to resume in Shanghai next week.


(In Trade)
July 24, 2019

A group of private-sector witnesses is slated to appear before the panel on July 30.


(Daily News)
July 23, 2019

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, joined by 600 other business associations across the country, is urging Congress to approve the U.S.- Mexico-Canada Agreement as soon as possible.


(Daily News)
July 22, 2019

Concerns that a controversial de minimis provision could be included in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s implementing legislation continue to vex House lawmakers from both sides of the aisle who have raised the issue in recent talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.


(Daily News)
July 19, 2019

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he will tell a visiting U.S. House delegation on Friday to conclude the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s “approval process ASAP.”


(Daily News)
July 18, 2019

As House lawmakers get set to visit Mexico City this weekend, House Ways & Means trade subcommittee chairman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) told Inside U.S. Trade he plans to get a “better perspective” on a roadmap issued by the Mexican government last month outlining labor reform implementation.


(Daily News)
July 17, 2019

House Democrats are trying to get more specific in their requests to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for changes to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal said on Wednesday after meeting with the USTR.


(Daily News)
July 16, 2019

Congressional Democrats want to ensure a vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement does not “languish into next year,” House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) told reporters on Tuesday after meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).


(In Trade)
July 16, 2019

“A vote against USMCA is a vote for the status quo. So, in a way, you’re voting for NAFTA if you vote against USMCA.”


(In Trade)
July 15, 2019

The legislation would require a trade deal to establish a labor secretariat to get fast track treatment.


(In Trade)
July 12, 2019

Trump: “Everyday that goes by it gets more and more political because we get closer and closer to the election.”


(In Trade)
July 12, 2019

The letter calls for amending the deal to reflect “the balance achieved in the bipartisan May 10, 2007, agreement.”


(Daily News)
July 11, 2019

House Democrats tapped to work with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on outstanding concerns with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement lauded progress after talks on Wednesday, though one lawmaker assigned to address labor issues said tensions were rising over the pace of negotiations.


(Daily News)
July 10, 2019

A leader of the House working group on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement labor issues told Inside U.S. Trade on Wednesday that he will be traveling to Mexico next weekend to discuss “panel blocking” with Mexican officials.


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