Public Statement: Casey calls on Trump to make good on NAFTA renegotiation promise

Published: 2/15/2017 11:00 AM
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WASHINGTON — Monday, as Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau met with President Trump for bilateral discussions, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) urged the president to “act on his campaign promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).”

He issued the following letter to Trump:

“For too long, American trade policies have left American workers, including many in my home state of Pennsylvania, behind. As a candidate, and as president, you pledged to renegotiate aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). ... Since NAFTA went into effect, the economy of the commonwealth, and the livelihoods of the workers who reside there, have been hit hard by trade. American workers are put at a disadvantage by multiple factors, including Mexico’s lax enforcement of labor and environmental standards; rules of origin provisions which for some products end up giving NAFTA benefits to products containing components imported from China; rules that compromise the United States’ ability to enforce its trade remedy laws; and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions. ...

“This presents significant employment challenges to workers who have spent years refining skills in their chosen profession, only to see their opportunities leave Pennsylvania for other areas of the world. It also leads to wage loss as workers are forced to take lower-paying jobs. ...

“I look forward to advancing our mutual goal of bringing home better trade agreements that benefit all Americans.”

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