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DeLauro Statement on Trump Administration’s NAFTA Text Release

October 1, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (October 1, 2018)Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s release of a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) text.

“For decades, NAFTA has driven down workers’ wages and shipped good-paying jobs overseas. The final deal must remove the current outsourcing incentives, raise wages for American workers, and include strong labor and environmental standards with swift and certain enforcement mechanisms for Democrats to approve it. Those are some of the key standards by which we must judge this deal in order to ensure it protects jobs here at home.”

“I appreciate United States Trade Representative Lighthizer’s sustained efforts to address some of these concerns throughout this renegotiation. Still, we must reserve final judgement until we have a full and clear understanding of all the details—including implementing language that requires significant input from Congress. Ultimately, this process is not done yet. I look forward to carefully reviewing the new trilateral text that was announced late last night. And over the coming weeks it will be on Congress to decide—on the merits—if the final deal actually improves the lives of working people across North America. Anything less than that important standard should be rejected.”