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DeLauro Statement Ahead of Trump’s Planned NAFTA 2.0 Text Signing

November 29, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (November 29, 2018) Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement ahead of President Trump’s planned signing of the NAFTA 2.0 text.

“From GM’s recent announcement indicating the closure of American manufacturing plants to the Bic plant, the Phillips facility, and Ansonia Copper and Brass in my own district, we have seen the damage that bad trade policies can do by encouraging companies to move production out of the United States. We have seen this since NAFTA was signed into law, which I opposed at the time. Yet, despite Trump’s rhetoric describing the continued loss of manufacturing jobs as ‘American carnage’ since the beginning of his Presidency, it does not seem he has learned anything.”

“The NAFTA 2.0 text he is planning to sign tomorrow would not help end the outsourcing incentives that have hollowed out communities across the country. In its current form, this deal is far from being one that helps working people across North America. As I and my fellow Democrats have said all along, the final package must remove the current outsourcing incentives, raise wages for American workers, include strong labor and environmental standards with swift and certain enforcement mechanisms, and ensure our nation’s food safety. Those are some of the key standards by which we must judge this deal in order to ensure it protects jobs across the country. Falling short for American workers is not a viable option.”