Congressman Tim Ryan Reacts to NAFTA Renegotiation Objectives

Jul 18, 2017 Issues: Economy, Manufacturing

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s new NAFTA renegotiation objectives, which were released yesterday. Under the 2015 Fast Track law, the administration must publish “a detailed and comprehensive summary” of its specific negotiating objectives 30 days before formally beginning trade talks.

“As a member of Congress one of my principle responsibilities is to ensure the American economy is inclusive and does not leave American families behind. The Trump Administration’s newly released NAFTA renegotiation objectives are filled with vague overtures making it unclear what will be demanded on key issues, whether improvements for working people could be in the offering or whether the worst aspects of the TPP will be added making NAFTA even more damaging for the men and women of my district. This document falls far short of protecting hardworking American’s across the country. President Trump has continually looked the other way when it comes to promoting policies that protect U.S. workers, and he has not lifted a finger to deal with our national $347 billion China trade deficit. These actions are unacceptable,” said Congressman Ryan. “There is consensus that NAFTA needs to change to level the playing field for U.S. workers, but I am greatly concerned that in this important undertaking, the President, by his own objectives, is not qualified to get a deal worthy of American families.”

On June 13th, 2017 Congressman Ryan joined with several House Democrats in detailing priorities for North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations to U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer. In the letter, Members requested direct collaboration with the Administration, a transparent and public renegotiation process, stripping special provisions that encourage companies to offshore jobs, fully enforceable labor and environmental standards, and other critical provisions. You can read that letter here: