Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Release of Renegotiated NAFTA Trade Agreement Text
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s release of updated text for a new, trilateral trade agreement.
“NAFTA has hurt millions of American workers, devastated communities and wiped out our manufacturing base. Nowhere is that more evident than in Northeast Ohio. That’s why I’ve been fighting to replace NAFTA with a fair deal since I was first elected to Congress. I am pleased that the text of this renegotiated NAFTA makes great strides towards prioritizing workers. This agreement as it stands creates rules to give workers a level playing field. But rules are only good if they can be and will be enforced. As I study this new agreement I want to make sure the enforcement mechanisms are strong, especially when it comes to the labor and environmental standards enforcement of this agreement,” said Congressman Ryan. “I’ve always maintained that any new deal must raise wages, include strong environmental standards, protect workers’ rights and freedoms, cut back outsourcing, and put the interests of working families ahead of international corporations in all three countries. While there is still work to do on a number of important provisions, I am encouraged that we are moving in a direction that fulfills those critical requirements. As I review the text, I will continue to pressure the Administration to achieve a strong, trilateral agreement that puts American workers first. I look forward to evaluating the agreement by that standard."