AAR, NRF call on Congress to pass new North American trade agreement

Trump was on board Air Force One on his way back from Buenos Aires when he declared he would terminate NAFTA, a move that gives lawmakers six months to approve its replacement.

Earlier this month I sent a letter to President Trump, along with 45 co-signers from the U.S. House of Representatives, urging him to remove the SOGI language before signing the agreement with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and Trudeau on November 30. And he rejects President Trump's contention their new trade agreement is final.

Trump says the new pact - known in Washington as the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) - will help US workers, especially in the auto industry, and better safeguard intellectual property. "I commend President Trump and our US Trade Representative, Ambassador Lighthizer, for their perseverance, leadership and hard work". "The deal eliminates Canada's unfair Class 6 and Class 7 milk pricing schemes, opens additional access to USA dairy into Canada, and imposes new disciplines on Canada's supply management system", Perdue said.

Colin Robertson, the Vice President and a fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, notes it still has to be sealed by the legislatures in all three countries and, while he doesn't anticipate problems in Canada or Mexico, the big question is the American Congress.

Larry Kudlow, Trump's senior economic adviser, said he and Trump hadn't spoken in detail about the president's thinking. "It's been a disaster for the United States", said Trump, who insisted that the North American Free Trade Agreement, in place for almost a quarter-century, was a killer of American jobs.

Trucks move almost $385 billion in goods between the USA and Mexico, and $336 billion in trade between the US and Canada. I think everyone, almost everybody, whether they have an R or a D after their name, realizes this is important for the economy and certainly for trucking.

Two other Democratic Senators, Mark Warner of Virginia and Sherrod Brown of OH, fell short of a commitment to back the agreement on Sunday.

Trump added, "This is an unbelievable deal for our farmers".

Some Republicans, however, said such a threat from Trump could serve as a powerful incentive to get Congress to go along with the deal. "But what isn't in it yet is enough enforcement reassurances regarding provisions that relate to workers and to the environment", she said.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said on Twitter that the deal as drafted "will put Florida seasonal vegetable growers out of business" by allowing Mexico to dump subsidized produce into the United States.

  • David Armstrong