Congressman Tim Ryan Responds to the Trump Administration Formally Opening NAFTA Renegotiations

May 18, 2017 Issues: Economy, Manufacturing

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration formally opening NAFTA renegotiations. 

“Just today I received a Trade Adjustment Assistance notification for workers in my district that lost their jobs due to unfair trade. There is no denying that foreign trade deals like NAFTA have hurt hardworking Americans and our manufacturing sector. But while I welcome these renegotiations, I call on President Trump to remember his campaign promise to prioritize the American worker. We cannot allow this to be yet another trade deal written by corporations and special interests. I am very worried about how transparent and accountable these NAFTA negotiations are going to be from an Administration that has perpetuated evasion and secrecy. And let’s be honest, over the last 100 days, Trump has only prioritized his millionaire friends and business ties. He has continually looked the other way when it comes to promoting policies that protect American workers, and he has not lifted a finger to deal with our national $347 billion China trade deficit. These actions are unacceptable, and as he begins these negotiations I hope he instead remembers the men and women of my district who want a fair chance at the American dream,” said Congressman Ryan.

Today a formal letter was sent by United States Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, to inform Congress that the Administration intends to open trade talks with Canada and Mexico in an attempt to renegotiate NAFTA.  Upon receipt of this letter a 90-day consultation period with Congress has been initiated, which must be completed before negotiations can formally proceed. The 90-day period would end August 16, 2017. The Administration is required to submit more detailed negotiating objectives 30 days prior to the start of the talks.