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North American Free Trade Agreement

(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.”


(Daily News)
February 07, 2019

The use of Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 to enforce provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer suggested this week in a meeting with key senators, could fuel retaliation and muddle the chances that the deal is approved by Congress, analysts said.


(In Trade)
February 07, 2019

DeLauro: “As it stands, this deal locks in monopoly rights for Big Pharma, effectively ensuring that drug prices will remain high by providing giveaways to pharmaceutical companies.”


(Daily News)
February 06, 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Wednesday suggested that Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 could be used to enforce provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, senators told Inside U.S. Trade.


(Daily News)
February 05, 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is scheduled to meet with the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Advisory Group on Negotiations on Wednesday to discuss U.S.-China talks and other issues, lawmakers confirmed to Inside U.S. Trade.


(Daily News)
January 30, 2019

Several members of the House Ways & Means trade subcommittee said on Wednesday that they believed a U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement vote in Congress before June was unlikely, with Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) saying significant issues still must be worked out with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.


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