DeLauro Statement on Trump Administration’s Draft Statement of Administrative Action for NAFTA
NEW HAVEN, CT (May 30, 2019) — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the Trump Administration sent Congress a draft statement of administrative action for the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
“Today’s action on NAFTA by the Trump administration is shortsighted, counterproductive, and premature. If the administration wants to move quickly on NAFTA, then they need to quickly make the improvements needed to ensure the deal stops job outsourcing and does not lock in high medicine prices.”
“If enacted as-is, the renegotiated NAFTA deal that Trump signed last year would not stop ongoing job outsourcing, and it would keep drug prices high in the United States. That is unacceptable.”
“Throughout this process, Democrats have worked in good faith with Ambassador Lighthizer to achieve the improvements needed for a revised NAFTA to enjoy broad support. This includes removing from the text signed last year new giveaways to Big Pharma that lock in high drug prices and adding to the text improved labor and environmental standards and enforcement. Today, these issues remain unresolved.”
“Until these changes are complete, any move by the administration to try to force Congress to consider its incomplete NAFTA 2.0 will be counterproductive.”