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North American Free Trade Agreement

(Daily News)
April 10, 2019

The Mexican Chamber of Deputies is expected this week to pass labor legislation that fully complies with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a Mexican official told Inside U.S. Trade.


(In Trade)
April 09, 2019

“Unlike last time, the promises and assurances made to secure support for this trade agreement must be more than just words on a page.”


(In Trade)
April 09, 2019

Laredo, TX, Mayor Pete Saenz: “We can secure border security but not at the expense of commerce and trade.”


(In Trade)
April 08, 2019

Sens. Rubio, Isakson and Perdue, along with a slew of House members, say satisfying them would “provide important support for the USMCA within the agricultural communities we represent.”


(Daily News)
April 05, 2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is considering a proposal from Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden (OR) and Sherrod Brown (OH) aimed at boosting confidence that Mexico will adhere to labor commitments in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, according to Senate aides.


(In Trade)
April 05, 2019

“This will supersede USMCA.”


(In Trade)
April 04, 2019

“And I will do it. I don't play games.”


(Daily News)
April 04, 2019

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal this week issued final safeguard recommendations for two of seven types of steel products, referring to U.S. Section 232 tariffs as an “unforeseen development” that has led to higher prices and changes in the global steel landscape.


(Daily News)
April 03, 2019

Congressional Democrats believe President Trump’s threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border would hurt his administration’s push to get the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement ratified, lawmakers told Inside U.S. Trade this week.


(Daily News)
April 03, 2019

National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said on Wednesday that legislation aimed at reining in the president’s Section 232 authority will likely be vetoed, citing negotiation leverage among reasons to preserve the executive branch’s power.


(Daily News)
April 03, 2019

After meeting one-on-one with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Tuesday, Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Mark Pocan (D-WI) said key changes must be made to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement itself if the Trump administration wants to gain the support of his contingent, which is one of the largest in Congress.


(Daily News)
April 02, 2019

Several first-term Democrats on Tuesday told U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that biologics provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement run counter to their goal of lowering drug prices in the U.S.


(Daily News)
April 02, 2019

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) believes the administration will not give lawmakers its Section 232 report on autos because it could “embarrass” the administration, he said on Tuesday.


(Daily News)
April 02, 2019

Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton on Tuesday said he recommends imposing dollar-for-dollar tariffs in response to the U.S. Section 232 duties on steel and aluminum, contending that a solution must be reached this month if the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is to be ratified this year.


(Daily News)
April 02, 2019

Democrats' concerns with U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement enforcement cannot be fixed in implementing legislation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Tuesday, suggesting that talks must be re-opened before NAFTA’s replacement can be passed by Congress.


(In Trade)
April 02, 2019

Kenneth Smith Ramos: “In Mexico, the government is following closely what happens in the U.S., and that might be the signal for Mexico to try to move on its own to get USMCA approved before the summer as well.”


(Daily News)
April 02, 2019

Democrats' concerns about enforceability in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement could be addressed by strengthening dispute settlement mechanisms via implementing legislation or a statement of administrative action, Mexico's former chief USMCA negotiator Kenneth Smith Ramos told Inside U.S. Trade.


(Daily News)
April 01, 2019

Some concerns with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement held by labor groups and Democratic lawmakers can be addressed via the deal's implementing legislation, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said on Monday, but he contended that enforcement issues likely could not be fixed without re-opening negotiations.


(Daily News)
April 01, 2019

Labor legislation under consideration in the Mexican Congress fails to meet the requirements of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, according to a letter House Democrats Bill Pascrell (NJ) and Rosa DeLauro (CT) plan to send to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in the coming days.


(In Trade)
March 29, 2019

The overall effect on the three countries’ GDP would be “negligible,” the authors contend.


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