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North American Free Trade Agreement

(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.


(Daily News)
July 09, 2019

Tuesday marked the first day the Trump administration could legally send a U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement implementing bill to Capitol Hill, but National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said the draft legislation was unlikely to be submitted before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) gave the go-ahead.


(In Trade)
July 09, 2019

Despite USMCA, they say, U.S. producers “remain concerned that access to Canada’s market will continue to be inhibited based on Canada’s requirement that strictly limits the varieties of wheat that can be included in its premium classes.”


(Daily News)
July 08, 2019

Members of the New Democrat Coalition on Monday warned U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer not to send implementing legislation for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement to Congress until he has addressed Democrats’ concerns with the pact.


(In Trade)
July 08, 2019

The farm group wants changes to labor, enforcement, environmental and biologics provisions.


(In Trade)
July 05, 2019

The deputy foreign minister said the deal would not be re-opened, but told Reuters Mexico and the U.S. were discussing other ways to ensure the U.S. could “initiate a panel against Mexico on labor standards.”


(Daily News)
July 03, 2019

The U.S. Conference of Mayors this week called for changes to the text of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement -- largely mirroring Democratic concerns over labor, enforcement and environmental protections -- and for Congress to schedule a vote on the deal in 2019.


(In Trade)
July 02, 2019

Asked if House Sepaker Pelosi’s public calls to re-open the agreement were sparked by pressure from first-term Democrats – and would give her cover to say she tried if she failed – Grassley responded, “Yes to both questions.”


(In Trade)
June 28, 2019

“We do not want to pass this agreement just slightly different from NAFTA with a little sugar on top and say, ‘See, we did something different.’ If it isn't really going to be enforceable, it will just be NAFTA with sugar on top.”


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