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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 01:11 PM

Sherrod Brown: Trump's new NAFTA will face strong Dem opposition

Source: The Hill

Sherrod Brown: Trumpís new NAFTA will face strong Dem opposition


Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), a likely presidential candidate in 2020 and a leading voice on trade issues, predicted Tuesday that President Trumpís update of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will stall in Congress.

ďI donít see evidence that itís going to pass,Ē Brown said at a breakfast with reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. ďI donít now what Republicans are going to do. I know that there are few Democrats in the Senate that support it.Ē

Brown says he canít support the deal unless its labor protection provisions are substantially strengthened.

The new accord is supposed to fulfill President Trumpís 2016 campaign promise to replace NAFTA with a better trade deal.

Brown calls it NAFTA 1.6, alluding to what he sees as the many similarities between the landmark 1994 North American treaty and Trumpís trade agreement.


Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/429599-sherrod-brown-trumps-new-nafta-will-face-strong-dem-opposition

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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 01:51 PM

1. Glad he is speaking up on this. Nt

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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 02:05 PM

2. Some specifics in this other article:


In talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Brown has suggested two changes he believes would improve chances of Congress approving the agreement, according to sources who asked not to be identified.

One change would require that U.S. companies which import goods from Mexico would have to certify that those products ó under penalty of perjury ó were made in compliance with the tougher labor and environmental standards of the new pact.

The other proposed revision would permit U.S. officials to inspect Mexican production facilities to determine if they were violating the labor and environmental standards. If they were in violation, they would lose the tariff reduction.

Brown has told the administration these changes would reduce incentives for U.S. companies to move production to Mexico.

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