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North American Free Trade Agreement

(In Trade)
February 28, 2019

“While we are deeply disappointed that both Canada and Mexico were unwilling to raise theirthresholds for express shipments to match the U.S. $800 level, lowering the U.S. threshold in response is contrary to well-demonstrated Congressional intent.”


(Daily News)
February 27, 2019

If Congress chooses not to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, other U.S. trade initiatives -- including a push to strike a deal with China -- will be meaningless, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Wednesday.


(Daily News)
February 27, 2019

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday said the Trump administration was making progress in resolving the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imposed on Canada and Mexico, saying they could be replaced by “reasonable quotas.”


(In Trade)
February 26, 2019

“The effort will harness the advocacy strength of a broad membership of companies, trade associations, and chambers of commerce, including many that operate outside of Washington, DC.”


(Daily News)
February 26, 2019

An upcoming ruling by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal is a critical component of an ongoing Section 232 tariff dispute between Ottawa and Washington, according to a senior Canadian industry official.


(In Trade)
February 26, 2019

Fifty-one percent favor its passage; 14 percent oppose it.


(In Trade)
February 25, 2019

“A large majority (86%) of panelists expects the impact from the U.S. imposing car tariffs on imported vehicles to be negative, with that share of the panel roughly evenly split between thinking the negative impact would be somewhat consequential (44%) or consequential (42%).”


(Daily News)
February 24, 2019

National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow on Sunday called on governors from across the U.S. to help the White House ensure the congressional ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, saying “it would give us momentum” in talks with China.


(In Trade)
February 22, 2019

“We need to ask the question and push for the answer with respect to ‘Can we have some timelines on when these tariffs will start to disappear so we can continue to be competitive around the world?’”


(Daily News)
February 21, 2019

House Democrats are drafting a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer calling for more balanced access to prescription drugs, urging USTR to achieve levels similar to those included in what is known as the May 10 agreement.


(Daily News)
February 21, 2019

Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton on Thursday said he was confident a dispute over U.S. Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum would be resolved “in a few weeks.”


(Daily News)
February 21, 2019

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is “cautiously optimistic” the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will be passed by Congress by this summer, he said on Thursday.


(Daily News)
February 20, 2019

Analysts and former government officials say the partial government shutdown, upcoming elections and national security-based tariffs could delay -- and perhaps thwart -- the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.


(In Trade)
February 19, 2019

“I think you can expect to see a new, modern law that responds to these concerns that are way overdue.”


(In Trade)
February 13, 2019

The “Pass USMCA” coalition is “focused on supporting swift passage of the USMCA by highlighting its unique benefits to America's workers, consumers, businesses, and economy.”


(Daily News)
February 13, 2019

House Ways & Means members expect to meet this month with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to discuss the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, with some mulling a public hearing to address both USMCA and China.


(Daily News)
February 12, 2019

Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said Tuesday that while he supports efforts to lower the cost of prescription drugs, he does not back changes to pharmaceutical provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that Democrats have suggested.


(Daily News)
February 11, 2019

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Monday that his department has been telling the White House and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that the steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico should be lifted.


(In Trade)
February 11, 2019

“The biggest threat to the USMCA in establishing a strong global baseline for IP protection lies in its exclusion of a whole swathe of the Canadian economy.”


(In Trade)
February 08, 2019

“You can have the best language on any subject in a bill, but if you don't have the enforcement provisions very strongly spelled out – not as a sidebar, not as a side letter, but central to the treaty – then there's a problem.”


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