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North American Free Trade Agreement

(In Trade)
May 15, 2019

The PIIE paper analyzes congressional districts most heavily dependent on exports to Canada and Mexico to determine who is most likely to vote yes if the deal is brought to the House floor.


(Daily News)
May 15, 2019

After a Wednesday meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, House Ways & Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) praised the “goodwill in the room” but said USTR’s proposal to address Democrats’ concerns with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement still had a “ways to go.”


(In Trade)
May 15, 2019

No witnesses have been named.


(In Trade)
May 14, 2019

Freeland will visit Washington, DC, on Wednesday to discuss Section 232 tariffs with U.S. officials and lawmakers.


(Daily News)
May 14, 2019

The U.S. and its North American trading partners could soon reach an agreement on Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs, Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said on Tuesday.


(Daily News)
May 10, 2019

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is striving to graft biologics language included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership onto the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement after it was “ignored” by the Office of U.S. Trade Representative over the objections of Canada and Mexico, he said on Friday.


(In Trade)
May 10, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence visited Peterson’s district this week and called on him to push for a vote on the agreement.


(Daily News)
May 10, 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week showed a new “willingness” to address the Democrats' concerns with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, according to Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which met with the USTR on Thursday.  


(Daily News)
May 09, 2019

A possible lack of funding and a series of special sessions scheduled during the Mexican legislature's upcoming congressional recess, which could result in changes to the labor legislation required by the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, are spurring concern among U.S. labor unions about the viability of Mexico’s pledges.


(In Trade)
May 08, 2019

“We don't consider that a law in Mexico approved by its Congress needs someone from the outside to validate it.”


(Daily News)
May 08, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other Democrats are continuing to engage with the administration about their concerns with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but an accord on how -- or if -- to proceed toward a vote remains far from certain, lawmakers said this week.


(Daily News)
May 08, 2019

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), chairman of the House Ways & Means trade subcommittee, said this week that his caucus sees “no advantage” to rushing a vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, though he contended the deal was “dead” if it is not addressed before next year’s elections are in full swing.


(Daily News)
May 07, 2019

The Trump administration must ensure that ongoing U.S.-China negotiations are “worthwhile” and “not repeat 2011,” when China reneged on specific reforms, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said on Tuesday.


(In Trade)
May 06, 2019

Also: A new poll puts support for USMCA at 70 percent in the U.S., 80 percent in Mexico.


(Daily News)
May 06, 2019

A group of 21 House Ways & Means Democrats is questioning how the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will impact Capitol Hill's ability to address rising health care costs, contending the intellectual property changes in the deal will “almost certainly” lead to higher prices for U.S. consumers.


(Daily News)
May 06, 2019

The Canadian government last week removed 10 percent tariffs on some boating devices as part of its efforts to reshape a list of goods hit with retaliatory tariffs in response to U.S. Section 232 restrictions imposed on steel and aluminum last May.


(In Trade)
May 03, 2019

Pence says administration will deal with USMCA issues raised by key senators.


(Daily News)
May 03, 2019

Mexican officials are in Washington, DC, this week to discuss the possibility of replacing Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum with tariff-rate quotas, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.


(Daily News)
May 03, 2019

Bemoaning a lack of outreach from the White House, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) this week said the Trump administration was either not making the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement a “priority” or “it's not coming soon.”


(Daily News)
May 02, 2019

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement should be voted on even if tariffs on steel and aluminum imports are still in place, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said on Thursday, breaking from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) assertion that unless the duties are lifted the deal is “dead.”


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